Rhetorical Analysis Of A Speech In The Virginia Convention By Patrick Henry

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Rhetoric is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing. In “A Speech in the Virginia Convention,” Patrick Henry tries to convince his fellow colonists to fight with Great Britain. Through his speech, he claims that the colonists shouldn’t be controlled by the Great Britain. According to Patrick Henry, the colonist need to fight back against Great Britain for their freedom. Patrick Henry uses appeals and rhetorical techniques to convince his fellow colonists to go to war with Great Britain. .Patrick Henry uses allusion to reinforce his claim to go to war with Great Britain. Patrick Henry uses an allusion to Homer’s Odyssey. He states “We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth and listen to the song of that siren.” He is
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