On March 23, 1775, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” was heard all throughout St. John 's Church. These famous words were not only a great speaker looking to have his voice heard, but they would have an everlasting impact on young English students studying the use of ethos, logos, and pathos. Patrick Henry also used figurative languages such as allusions, parallelism, and biblical references to bring his speech to life. In this specific piece of literature, qualities like independence and individualism are exceedingly prominent, this all being due to Henry’s use of literary devices. Conversely, in the very first sentence, Henry uses ethos to articulate how he is patriotic to his home, but he occupies diverse views than his audience, the Virginia
The British government’s desire for territorial and sociopolitical dominance has been observed, and abhorred, by other nations and territories throughout the world’s history. In the eighteenth century, with the British incessantly exploiting the American colonies, the colonists quickly grew distrustful of and resentful toward their domineering leader across the ocean. In 1776, a year following the beginning of the Revolutionary War, this ill treatment motivated Thomas Jefferson to pen a document that has become known as the Declaration of Independence. The influential founding father provocatively besought the support of the French government in the ongoing war between England. It was Jefferson’s hope that the text would persuade France to
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson is able to reason in order to clearly communicate the colonies’ grievances and the need to segregate from the overly controlling and demanding grip of King George III. Jefferson is able to appropriately use logos by explicitly stating the people of the colonies’ rationales for severing their connections to Great Britain. He elaborates on his complaints and requests by using logos in order to declare and represent the people’s interpretation of their rights, what they should be, and why they deserve them. He articulates that the King has neglected and deprived the people of the colonies from their god given rights as people.
In The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson calls for the independence of the thirteen colonies who were under the British rule. While the thirteen colonies where under the British rule there was many wrong doings done to them by King George III. Therefore, the thirteen colonies wanted to become independent from the British rule. Jefferson’s purpose is to justify the act the colonies took in declaring themselves independent from the British rule to the foreign nations. He is able to achieve this purpose through the use of ethos and logos.
In the next section Jefferson begins to list off all of the reasons that the English monarchy has hurt the colonies. Jefferson uses parallel structure to be blunt and to the point by making each complaint its own paragraph and starting each one with “He has”. This is an effective strategy to quickly list off the innumerable justifications on why the colonists seek independence. The parallel structure allows for King George and the Colonists to quickly read the long list of complaints and after finishing it becomes clear what the English are doing wrong. All of these rhetorical strategies serve to assert the logic in Jefferson’s argument.
Liberty or Death The American Revolution is one of the greatest things The United States of America can take pride for. One American, Patrick Henry, had a strong voice of protest and spoke up about unfair treatment from British Parliament during his "Speech in the Virginia Convention" in 1775. Henry daringly urged and persuaded the citizens of the United States to show armed resistance to England.
The Declaration of Independence consisted of an introduction, a long list of grievances against the British and a Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. The Declaration has four main ideals for what is needed in a country. The Ideals are equality, right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, consent of the Governed and the right to alter or abolish the government. The most important ideal is equality.
Henry uses loaded words and angry arguments to plant a deep dislike for Great Britain in his audience. Such is shown when he says, “We have petitioned; we have remonstrated… and we have implored its interposition to arrest the
Pathos is “the quality of speech or written work that appeals to the emotions of the audience.” For instance, “plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” The words ravaged, and destroyed are emotional words to describe the unjust actions the king did to them. Also it is demonstrated in, “Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.” This proves the colonists opinions on the king, showing how he is not worthy to lead their uprising nation.
The American Enlightenment and the Great Awakening were two very important motivators that changed the colonial society in America through religious beliefs, educational values, and the right to live one’s life according to each individual’s preference. The Great Awakening and the American Enlightenment movements were two events in history that signaled a grand distinction to the teachings among religious believers. New beliefs of how a person should worship in order to be considered in “God’s good graces” soon became an enormous discussion among colonists across the land. “Men of the cloth,” such as George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards were well respected and closely followed when preaching about the love of God and damnation.
“…..All men are created equal, they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This phrase, from the Declaration of Independence, was written more than 200 years ago declaring America’s Independence; the colonists formally announcing their break from Britain. Written by the main authors--Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman--on July 2, 1776, and signed by the 56 delegates of the Continental Congress, this document symbolizes and celebrates our freedom. Historians analyzed the Declaration of Independence in four significant sections: the statement of purpose, the contract theory of government, grievances, and the conclusions. The first portion of the Declaration of Independence states that colonies want Independence, and it is crucial, and no longer unavoidable.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription, paragraph 2 line 1.) The Declaration of Independence gives a long list of grievances, but neglects to explain the cause behind why. The American colonies were founded to help with the expansion of the British economy. They had provided a new society for those who were anxious to escape the life in Europe.
If he were alive today, he would be proud that there is religious freedom for all citizens. Now that our country is a country of many religions, he would be proud that this ideal has stood the test of time. He would also take pride in the institution of several judicial powers and the final say of court systems as well as the fairness of the court system in equal representation. Overall what John thought that the nation should be is what the nation ultimately became and I believe he would be proud of this
Identity and Unity is highly important when any act of rebellion occurs. The French Revolution serves as an important parallel between the American Revolution and the French Revolution. In France, the unity stemmed from starvation and poverty. Moreover, similar to unity in America it was due to a positive value that was foundational to the identity. In France, the value was egalitarianism and anti-monarchal sentiments.
PHILADELPHIA July 4, 1776 - In language certain to inspire patriots, and gall the King and England, a Declaration of Independence was adopted today by the Continental Congress. The Declaration is the defiant culmination of years of struggle between the new nation and its former protector. In ringing terms it lists the causes of the split, as well as describing the principles on which the new nation intends to govern itself. ("We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal . . .") Declaration Signers Declaration Signers Virginian Thomas Jefferson is credited with principal authorship of the document, with help from John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston.