Rhetorical Techniques In Patrick Henry's Speech

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I believe in the speech Patrick Henry reached ehis goal from the help use of his rhetorical techniques he uses throughout his speech. Authors that use many different kinds of rhetorical techniques often have a better speeches and prove their point with more evidence and well written thought out information. Patrick henry uses metaphor, logos, ethos, to persuade the Virginia lawmakers and citizens to go to war. Throughout his speech henry uses metaphors into his reading to convince his audience. The first metaphor compares the siren they hear to signing a sign of peace. In the speech henry says, “ Listen to the song of that siren until she transforms us into beast”. He is making sure that everyone has peace throughout the war. Another metaphor…show more content…
“ They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger?” this statement weakens the spirits within the colonist due to the intolerable acts. Although Britain thought the act would help them strengthen it was undermined by the presence of increasing the military activities. According to henry no matter what happens the war will come, “ The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it sir, let it come.” The main point of the speech is that the colonists must go to war to protect their own freedom. He is saying that there is only way to the war and they should follow that path. Another way patrick henry uses rhetorical question in his speech is his use of ethos. Partick believes strong in his country and states, “... but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”. He believes that he should fight for his country and for the people. He also likes to prove his point and get the trust form the people in the fight for liberty. “ no man thinks more highly than i do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the house” which he is sharing with his people. He is sharing with them his morals on establishing his goal for the
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