Essay about The Revolutionary During The War Of 1812

814 Words Nov 19th, 2014 4 Pages
Daniel Lee
AP English- 2
18 November 2014 The Revolutionary Period In Class Essay After the War of 1812, the British thought that the Americans should help pay for the money lost from the war. Taxes, beginning with the Stamp Act of 1765, were imposed on the Americans. This started conflicts between the British and the Americans which lead to the American Revolutionary Period. Authors, such as Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson, showed their displeasure of the British through literature. Their writings influenced and convinced the people to revolt against England through use of literary and argumentative devices. To make their writings more effective, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson all use literary devices such as rhetorical question and repetition. During his speech to the Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry used a great amount of rhetorical questions to make the audience think about actions of England towards America. He asks. “I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission?” (Henry). He asks the audience what the English military doing on American land other than to make the Colonies tap out or give up to the British. These type of questions stirred the emotions of the audience and made them want to revolt against English, which was Henry’s ultimate goal of the speech. When the emotions are high towards the end of his speech he also adds, “Why stand we here idle?” (Henry). He…

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