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We can all too well imagine the scene on March 23, 1775 when Patrick Henry gave the speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” that he became notorious for. The colonies were in an up rise with Britain passing even more acts to tax them and treat them as second class citizens. The time for words had passed and the leaders of fight for independence were attempting to gather forces to attempt their break with England. One of America’s great leaders said that the end of Patrick Henrys speech “sparked the War of Independence. So what was so compelling about his speech? Obviously his last words, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” were swaying words but the overall speech was a call to arms that ...view middle of the document...

In alluding that God was on the side of independence to his listeners he most likely gained their support as they were devote believers.
His next biblical allusion was a loose reference to Mark 18:8 “Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?”. Patrick Henry spoke to the people about not ignoring what was happening around them. He said “we are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth”. Many did not want to believe that England truly meant to hurt them, they felt it was a misunderstanding that could be remedied. Others however saw that England simply wanted to exploit the colonies to their own gain. He warns the colonists about those “who, having eyes, see not and having ears, hear not”. Those listening to this speech would have recognized his reference to Scripture and been reminded of Jesus’ own similar words.
Patrick Henry also referenced one of the most well-known scriptures even today- Psalm 119:105. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” While his words following the verse were not necessarily used in the same context of the scripture the words still would have caught the attention of the listeners. Again he is alluding to the fact that God is on their side, a message they would have desperately wanted to hear.
He also referenced darker parts of scriptures putting England in a bad light. The story of the betrayal of Christ by Judas with a kiss is a well-known story that would have resonated strongly once again with his audience. In this Patrick Henry compared England to Judas which would put the colonists in the place of Christ. This would have been favorable to the colonists but put England in a...

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