Patrick Henry And Thomas Paine's The American Revolution

From the moment talk began spreading across the colonies, independence was destined to be more than an idea. Dead if he was caught, this fight was not for a coward; revolution is not for a coward. The generic colonist was not ready to fight a war of such magnitude. The battle cry of freedom resonated in the hearts of the colonists; freedom from taxes, freedom from tyranny, freedom from oppression. Change can be the most difficult tribulation someone can face, just imagine changing everything you have ever known. This fight for independence flipped the world upside down, altering how every generation would live. The American Revolution was a radical movement driven by the works of Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson, whose …show more content…
Thomas Paine’s “The Crisis, Number I” is full of aphorisms to rally the American people around his cause. “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem to lightly,” is an aphorism that demonstrates the value of the fight for independence (Aphorisms). At Valley Forge, George Washington used Thomas Paine’s papers to inspire the troops to keep fighting after the long winter. When Paine says, “… America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion,” he is making a statement on the urgency of this independence movement. Paine also utilizes emotional appeals in his persuasive effort. He explains that the war is unavoidable if we seek happiness in America. “If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace,” draws on the emotions of parents, persuading them to join the war effort and save their family (The Crisis, Number 1). The colonists were fed up with the oppressive treatment by England, and emotions were running high; however, convincing colonists to join a treasonous cause was still no easy feat. Patrick Henry use of pathos made his speeches influential. Rhetorical questions were an oratory skill Henry used well. Rhetorical questions plant an idea in the listeners’ mind that grows into what they want it to become (Oratory). Henry’s Speech in the Virginia Convention is best remembered for his final statement, “I know not what …show more content…
Thomas Jefferson had one of the most difficult tasks: complete a treasonous act and send it to King George. This was easily a death wish. Jefferson was chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. He began the Declaration by justifying the treasonous act; following this, he shared a list of grievances; next, he went on to explain all the wrongdoings of the throne. Jefferson followed this process to offend the king as little as possible (Declaration of Independence). Jefferson uses parallelism when he listed the reasons the colonists desired independence and creates a stronger argument (Parallelism). Thomas Jefferson is more implicit in his writing, and he writes at a more developed level to show King George respect. His diction adds a level of complexity to the Declaration of Independence. This document was important then and has lasting importance now as a symbol of the American dream. Thomas Jefferson carried the cost of freedom for his nation, making him an American hero. Joining the war was a brave task that most men were too meek to do; however, Gabriel Martin desired nothing more than to join the Continentals. After Gabriel sought refuge at his family’s home, the war soon followed to their doorstep. The Martin’s opened their doors to injured soldiers and nursed them

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