Patrick Henry Led Early America with his speeches Essay

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In March of 1775, the words of Patrick Henry rang in the ears of his fellow Virginians. He stood in St John’s Church, located in Richmond, made an audacious public speech containing his opinions in relation to the colony’s next step of action in the war. This was not the first time that Henry stood in front of an audience to present a speech. Henry was known for speaking messages that people did not forget. Prior to this speech, Patrick Henry had made his name known by writing the ‘Virginia Resolutions’ against the despised Stamp Act. In the view point of this specific speech however, Henry spoke his opinion of the war starting and what he believed as truth. Virginia was the largest American Colony, with the House of Burgesses that was the…show more content…
In Luke 22 of the Bible, Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Judas led a crowd over to him. He approached Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Patrick Henry skillfully related the betrayal from one of Jesus’ own disciples from the Bible as a reminder of his people’s recent affliction. Each of these references had different impacts on the way the speech was presented. Even though not necessarily intended, they had a way of convicting the hearts of the audience, and resonating with them.
In order to capture the minds of his audience, Henry subliminally used scripture references to imply Biblical statements. Several groups of people flocked to America in the settling of the first colonies, seeking religious freedom. With this being said, majority of Americans were Christians. If any in the audience did not believe in Christ, it was a small crowd. The setting of this speech was in a church, where it is very possible the people in the audience, as well as Patrick Henry, could have prayed together in previous days. As a devoted Christian man, it came easy to Henry to speak these words in such a way that would resonate with his audience. He had no hesitation in speaking his opinion to the Second Virginia Convention because he knew in his heart he had nothing to fear with God being made first. “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” was not intended to be a sermon,
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