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Patrick Henry Speech Analysis

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Introduction
When Patrick Henry gave his famous Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death speech he proved that pens are indeed mightier than swords. That speech undoubtedly lead to the formation of the great nation that we now live in today.
Patrick Henry was better at persuading his audience because he used a convincing combination rhetorical questions and imagery. Patrick Henry's use of logical and emotional appeals to make his audience believe in his cause. His purpose for speaking and his ambitious ideas also helped make his speech stronger. Jonathan Edwards speech was good, but the fear that he instilled in his audience crippled them instead of pushing them to action, like Henry's speech did.

Appeals
Emotional Appeals
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” (Henry)
Henry is asking his audience if they would rather live a peaceful life of slavery or a life of freedom on their own terms. This rhetorical question is impactful because Henry”s audience is afraid of slavery, they don’t like the idea of being controlled by anyone. They know what the lives of their own slaves are like and they fear being put in that position. This makes the audience want to heed Henry's advice and go to war against Great Britain.
Logical Appeals
“Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope” (Henry)
Henry is telling his audience that there is nothing wrong with looking on the bright side, but they need to open their eyes
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