What Are The Rhetorical Strategies In Patrick Henry's Speech

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There are many and reasons that the United States is a free country today and Patrick Henry is one of those reasons. Henry was a loyal patriot and believed that the United States had to fight back against the British before it was too late. Henry uses many rhetorical strategies in his speech in order to grasp the attention of the government and the citizens of the U.S. One example of a rhetorical strategy being used is when Henry says that “They tell us sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with such so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger.” Henry is trying to inspire Americans to attempt to make them believe that they are strong enough to fend against the British and their Army. He begins to talk about how the British are constantly gaining more control of the U.S. and eventually…show more content…
Henry knows that the United States citizens are scared of the British troops and puts the freedom of the U.S on the line as a technique to prove that now is the perfect and best time to fight back. Another example of a rhetorical strategy is when Henry says “For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery: and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate.” Citizens are aware of the horrid and unfair treatment of slaves. Henry uses slavery to make citizens think that the more they let the British gain
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