Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech

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Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death Speech Gaining the credibility in a speech can be difficult at times and can test even the best speakers ability to keep the crowds attention and respect. One of the ways to keep credibility with a crowd is practicing and applying appeal to ethics. Which is defined as winning the favor of the audience by showing strong credibility in the speaker (Merriam-Webster). One of the best speeches that exemplifies the usage of appeal to ethics is Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” speech where he addresses an issue of war at the revolutionary convention. Henry through appeal to ethics developed his credibility and wanted the people listening at the convention to believe they can’t sit and do …show more content…
Henry increased his credibility through the use of benevolence, where he made the audience feel as if they too were included in Henry’s dream of the chance to stand up for their freedom. When Henry said “Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?” He is drawing upon the audiences good will in that he wants them to imagine that image in their heads and what it could develop into once they have full control. By addressing this, not only did he establish his credibility in that he to would belong to the group of people whose houses would be guarded but also, he was willing to fight for what belonged to them and deserved. This implied they should do the same for he was in the same boat as they are in terms of the need to bear arms and choosing to fight for their peace and freedom from Britain. The need for the people to understand that if they were to sit around and wait for peaceful arguments to settle the war this would only lead to failure and Britain’s victory, this then became serious and was addressed throughout Henry’s speech. Henry did not want to be the only one going into the war with a will to fight and he realized this, it was only through his benevolence that he could reach the peoples hearts and help them to see
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