Rhetorical Analysis Of Patrick Henry 's Writing The Revolution

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Writing the Revolution Many people don’t know where or who the the famous battle cry “Give me liberty or give me death.”(Henry) came from. It actually came from one of the founding fathers whose not really recognized to often, Patrick Henry. The cry actually comes from a longer quote of his “I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”(Henry) He spoke these historic words two months before the revolution broke out into all out war. Henry was attempting to rally support from the house of burgesses in Richmond, Virginia to prepare for the inevitable. Patrick Henry was considered to be one of the most gifted and skilled writers of the era and definitely show cased it in his most famous speak delivered at the Virginia convention. Henry was able to sway the house towards preparation through the use rhetorical questions, pathos, and logos. One of the most persuasive techniques Henry uses is the use of rhetorical questions . One such example he uses is “ I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission?”(Henry) Henry uses this to evoke to attention of the audience and deliver it in such a way as to command it. In this quote he asks them to evaluate the really purpose the English ships are there and refusing the explanation that it was just for their protection. He uses another rhetorical question to again question the true intention of the English ships. Henry retorts “Has Great Britain…

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