The speech’s main purpose is to persuade people to fight for their freedom. Patrick Henry’s speech is truly meant to persuade the Virginia Convention to prepare for war if the British government fails to comply to the needs of the convention. He uses an urgent and inspirational tone to deliver a thought provoking speech. This is essential to getting his point across, and that the need for assertiveness is significant. The convention was practically split in half, some wanting peace no matter what, and others who wanted immediate action toward the Britains.
In Patrick henry’s Speech at the Virginia Convention, he sought to get his opinion across to the colonists. In this speech Patrick Henry tries to persuade the colonists to declare war against the British. Patrick Henry uses appeals of shared values, facts and data, and figurative language to entice the colonists to join the fight for independence. Patrick Henry uses appeals to shared values in order to address the colonists that they all share the same mission. For example, Henry claims “But different men often see the same subject in different lights.” Henry is addressing that they might not have or agree with the same opinions as others but they all share the value of fighting for their independency.
Henry wants the audience to understand that they are in enslaved to Britain. The delegates are not on the same page as Henry so he is trying to get them on board with the idea of standing up for our country and joining together as a people to separate from Britain for good. Henry has to use a more persuasive tone and not be pushy with his speech since the audience is not on board with his argument. Henry has to appeal to the audience in a way that he knows can reach them. Patriotism is a way he can so he uses that in his argument.
In Patrick Henry’s speech in the Virginia Convention he talked about how the people of Virginia needed to fight the British. In Benjamin Franklin’s speech in the Convention he talked on how he thought the Constitution had some problems and how he thought it could be different to help all the people of the country. In both of the speeches there are a few similarities as well as some differences. Both Patrick Henry and Ben Franklin they talked about what the people should do and how they can do it using by using their ability to move the people to action. They both showed how they felt about the problem they were dealing with.
Symbolism is a literary element commonly used by several authors to help represent a bigger picture. It can help the reader relate what the author is talking about to something more well known. In Patrick Henry’s speech, “Speech in the Virginia Convention”, Henry uses symbolism to help the listeners realize the negative actions and effects of Great Britain, and also to make them want to go to war. During the time Henry gave his speech, King George had just recently passed the Stamp Act. While giving the speech, Henry “stood in the vanguard of those calling for united action by all the colonies against British "tyranny"” (Foner & Garraty, 1991, n.p.).
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Thomas Paine had a desire for freedom. During the revolutionary war in 1776, Thomas Paine wrote The Crisis, to show an argument about the American Independence. Paine also believed that people of that society were great and constructive. The basis of his claim was that people would join together in order to achieve a state of freedom. Thomas Paine was persuasive to the colonists using pathos by saying he believed that they were by no means ready to be prepared towards the revolt.
In Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia Convention, the most effective mode was logos. Henry wants to convince the delegates from each colonie why they should fight for their freedom against the British. In his speech, he uses ethos, logos, and pathos, but to try and convince the audience, the delegates, he uses logos for all the reasonings that is happening in front of their faces, which seems like the people try to avoid the situation. As Henry reads his speech respectfully, he appeals to the audience with what is actually happening around them. He puts the British ministry on the spotlight to make the delegates open their eyes and do something to stop them.
Patrick Henry's speech before the Virginia Congress was crafted to persuade the many men gathered there to listen. He uses several rhetorical devices to accomplish this goal, and he accomplishes it with flying colors. As you read the speech, you can see the desperation poring from Henry's words. "Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded". In this portion of the speech, he uses parallelism to reiterate that America has tried everything to stop this war from happening, but their efforts were to no avail, and it was time to begin fighting.
At the Virginia convention in 1774, the delegates such as Patrick Henry, gather to decide their course of action, in a time where their primary goal was to rid themselves of their oppressor, Great Britain. Patrick Henry addresses the other delegates and discloses his opinion on what course of action the people should take. In his speech at the Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry forcefully influences the audience to go to war with Great Britain through diction, figurative language and rhetorical devices and by confronting them with their current position of danger in the face of the inevitable British Invasion. Patrick Henry emphasizes his opinion of the necessary war by using diction such as ethos and logos, through appeals to their senses that make connections for the audience. Through Henry’s repetitive utilization of ethos
Patrick’s Speech to Virginia Convention was in 1775 attempting to convince the people that no one cares more about patriotism, God, and their country more than he does. Patrick Henry’s most persuasive technique is pathos because he is using what the people want most, what appeals to them more, and their emotions, to convince the audience. It is important for Patrick to persuade the colonists because it is his obligation
Patrick Henry an American colonist who opposed of British rule spoke out on March 23, 1775 to explain his disagreement on the British having control over the American colonies. In "Speech in the Virginia Convention," Patrick Henry uses the rhetorical appeals ethos, pathos, and logos. Patrick Henry uses the rhetorical appeals to persuade Virginian patriots to go to war seeing no other option and believing there was no more working out disagreements. First Patrick Henry uses the rhetorical appeal ethos by appealing to the audience trust and credibility. For instance, “...An act of disloyalty towards the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings."
While the Declaration of Independence is directed to the king and other officials, it also unites the colonists by pointing out the injustices they have endured and the hard headed attitude of the English monarchy. The document sparks a common goal to eradicate British involvement in American affairs and connects the colonies with a common
One is Congress’s rather argumentative nature when settling terms for independence, and the other is their handling of the distribution of supplies. In terms of the first, it is important to note that there was a well defined argument over whether or not to even declare independence. This, obviously, is a division that proved material at the time, and, as it happens, led to the compromise adopted in 1775 by the Congress known as the Olive Branch Petition (42). The Olive Branch Petition declared that the colonists, while annoyed by tax regulations and fearful of the “parliamentary troops”, were still loyal to their King and took issue only with Parliament. This compromise came about because of the difference in opinion between many of the delegates as to whether or not independence was in the best interest of the colonies.
A role of an individual in society can be played many ways, one of them being that people should fight for their country. This can be exhibited in "Speech to the Virginia Convention" by Patrick Henry ,where Henry believes his country should fight for freedom against the British. He is calling on the patriots of Virginia to arm themselves in order to be prepared to fight the British if they do not yield to some of their demands. The author encourages this message by their emotional appeals and literary devices. In the text, the author exposes the audience to prepare for war by conveying them to fight for their country.
The Freedom Writers In the late 1700s, America was divided about becoming its own separate country. Some of the colonial people wanted freedom from Britain, while others wanted to remain loyal to the king. To encourage people to break away from British rule, writers would display works to show the benefits of becoming a separate country. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine presented the different types of freedom to the colonial people through their writing in hopes of persuading citizens to break from British rule. The influential writings of the above men ultimately led the way to uniting the colonial people against the British.