Patrick Henry 's Rhetorical Strategies

1104 Words Mar 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Priyanka Sen
Mr. Middleton
AP English Language and Composition
March 11, 2016
Patrick Henry Rhetorical Strategies

Patrick Henry, an attorney and politician, delivered a speech at St. John’s Church in Richmond. Virginia on March 23, 1775. This speech was later considered the “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech due to it’s powerful conclusion. In the speech Henry discusses the colonies’ freedom-freedom from the royal crown, Britain. He attempts to explain that this revolutionary war in inevitable and the more it was delayed, the more difficult it would be to fight for their freedom. Patrick Henry’s motivation behind this proclamation was to influence his audience into raising an army, to fight for independence. For decades, the colonists were under British control, but Patrick Henry used the power of rhetoric to motivate the colonists. Patrick Henry uses a number of rhetorical strategies to persuade the delegates that war against the British is absolutely needed for their freedom. In paragraph one of the speech, in spite of the face that Patrick Henry stress that he is patriotic towards Britain, he has an alternate perspective on the most proficient method to handle the conflicts with them.He does not promptly rion the perspectives of the group of delegates, however he attempts to show them an alternate perspective. Henry states, “...different men often see the same subject in different lights…” Henry uses the term “light” to express how his views are similar of to…
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