Essay about Patrick Henry's Famous Speech

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Patrick Henry's Famous Speech 'Give me liberty or give me death.' These famous words were uttered by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775, as a conclusion to his speech delivered to the Virginia House of Burgesses. Within his speech, he uses the three rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, and pathos) to convey a feeling of urgency toward the changes occurring in policy within the Americas implemented by the British government. He cleverly uses these appeals to disrupt the paradigm that Great Britain is going to let the American people have any liberty. The Purpose of this speech is to gain support for a freedom movement from the British government. One can see this when he states, ?Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the…show more content…
The very first sentence, ?No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the house. But?? conveys the message of him caring about what others have said before he spoke. It also implies that he disagrees with some of their views, which he goes on to explain through deductive reasoning in his speech Patrick Henry uses logos in his speech by talking about Great Britain and how its military is infringing on the right of the people living in the Americas, and how ?a British guard shall be stationed in every house? when there is no war. The point he establishes about the extent of British abuse within America can also be viewed as pathos. Within Patrick Henry's speech, he states, ?? it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth.? Here he is talking about the people in the House of Burgesses not realizing that the British are infringing on their rights as citizens. [And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain.] Using this series of statements, Patrick Henry presents a challenge to his peers. While
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