Rhetorical Analysis Of Patrick Henry Speech

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On March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry gave his famous speech, “Liberty or Death” at the Virginia Convention to important government men. In this speech, Henry creates more than one appeal to win the audience over. Towards the beginning and throughout the speech, Henry uses an ethical appeal and from the middle, also throughout, he uses a logical appeal. Henry expresses his points through appealing to the audience’s trust by establishing his credibility and building up his reputation as a speaker. “...the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country.” (6) Henry is reminding his audience early on of their common bonds and he hopes to efficiently persuade them into making war preparations. “I know of no way of judging of the future but
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