What Is The Purpose Of Patrick Henry's Speech

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Human fall into the trap of hope, waiting one day hope will rescue them from hell. Human closes their eye when they are facing the pain, and choose to enjoy in their hallucination corrupt for the moment. However, people can run for once or twice, but they can’t hide forever. Patrick Henry was an orator and a politician who led the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s, the speech “Give me liberty or give me death” is present during 1765 the opposition of the Stamp Act. Patrick Henry introduced his views in his speech “Give me liberty or give me death” on gaining independence from Great Britain, he clarifies that all the acts they did in the past had not successfully work. Henry wants to encourage the colonists to fight for their…show more content…
Throughout his speech, he uses a serious and straightforward tone and shows a strong determination to start a war against Britain. The most powerful and the most influential speech “Give me liberty or give me death” by Patrick Henry uses different strategies to convince and persuade his audience not only using ethos, pathos, logos, but also many others develop throughout the speech, these strategies helped henry’s speech become more influential and sway the mind of men more quickly.

To begin with, Patrick Henry starts with draw attention to the patriotic towards Britain, but he has a different view on how to solve the conflict. He attempts to shows different viewpoints but does not immediately discredit the view of the audience. “But different men often see the same subject in different light” meaning everyone have their own way of thinking or have different opinion and people should respect each other’s, the word light represent truth, hope and spiritual illumination. Henry uses a brilliant strategy at the beginning of the speech. It is important that he convince the people who currently disagree with him and by acknowledging their patriotism
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"Listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts" this quote is an allusion and a reference to The Odyssey, sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures in Greek mythology who attract sailors to their death with a song. This illusion shows that people in America are living under a beautiful fake hope that the British created. This appeal to pathos because it evokes a dangerous, angry, fearful emotion from the people, and Henry utilizes this reference to warn the people about the fake illusion and so that people should start facing the truth. Henry also used some ethos to gain his argument’s trustworthy. “ I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience” lamp is usually represented hope or used to guide people through the darkness, Henry believes that experience would light the way of the future. Henry buildup ethos by this quote because it makes him seems like he is a spiritual person and full of knowledge and experience that can lead the people to success also become more trustworthy. “Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?” means that not to trust anything that British said, the “insidious smile” is a metaphor that the British will not accept any demands from the colonists. Moreover, creates an appeal to pathos that the British misleading the colonists
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