Patrick Henry's Speech To The Declaration Of Independence Analysis

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The Declaration of Independence and Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia Convention were both documents that expressed freedom from Great Britain in the Revolutionary time period; thankfully by studying them in the 21st century, Americans are not only reminded of their patriotism but inspired to learn their own legacy of patriotism inspiring freedom. These two documents emphasize on importance on gaining independence from Great Britain as well as many other similarities. The documents also have many differences, an example would be how Patrick Henry’s document was a speech, and Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was a formal document. Both the Declaration of Independence as well as Patrick Henry’s Speech in the Virginia Convention …show more content…
Persuasive maneuvers were used cleverly in each piece of writing to persuade the opposite side to agree to disagree with them about the controversial topic. “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.” (Henry) This quote shows very well how much ethos as well as pathos with emotion to create the environment that Patrick Henry could create. This was implemented very well by complementing the men of the House to make them agree to disagree with them, his method of persuasion. His methods of making the Continental Congress agree with him are amusing and admiring. “…; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if, entertaining, as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs.” (Henry) Standing up for and fighting what they believed in is what Patrick Henry wanted the colonists to do. This was done so because Patrick Henry was not only talking to the Continental Congress, but to the colonists themselves as well, the public. “For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.” (Henry) The importance of Patrick Henry making the point of the king of Britain representing slavery to him made his speech a great influence and created the final breaking point of the Revolution. “… and of an act of disloyalty …show more content…
The Declaration of Independence is meant to be read over many and many of times by many people for as long as this country exists. “It is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.” (Jefferson) The power of the government and its decisions as well as faith was put into the hands of the people by Thomas Jefferson for the better cause, so that the United States government shall not become corrupt. “It is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government.” (Jefferson) This was a different occasion for the speech that Patrick Henry delivered however. As the speech that Patrick Henry delivered was intended for a single time reading and use of purpose. The men used powerful words that were very convincing in many different ways to implant the idea into all of the minds of the readers, including the Continental Congress as well as the colonists of the public. The words put thoughts of the British being linked into and with mental pain and suffering if they were not to become a free nation and be separated from British once and for all. These men were brilliant at accomplishing what they wanted through the skill of

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