Rhetorical Analysis Of Henry Patrick's Speech To The Virginia Convention

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Henry Patrick’s claim in “Speech to the Virginia Convention” is that Britain is constructing an army to seize control of the United States and a war between these countries are inevitable. To validate his claim, Henry uses various rhetorical devices and evidence. The first piece of evidence Henry provides to progress his argument is when he states, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging the future but by the past” (171). Henry claims that his experience for the last 10 years with British ministry has garnered enough experience for him to realize that there is a war coming. In addition to this claim, he also suggests that people look at Britain’s past preparations. All the

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