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Textural Anaylsis Of The "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" Speech By Patrick Henry.

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me DeathPatrick HenryThe date was March 23, 1775. The Virginia Revolutionary Committee sat quietly in the St. Johns Church awaiting a speech from Patrick Henry. The colonies were in a time of turmoil and question. The Revolutionary War was drawing nearer, and many things were uncertain. Patrick Henry was a strong and avid supporter of the war. His job, convince the committee to arm a militia. He was one of the finest American orators of all time. He took the stage, and what happened next, no one could have imagined. Patrick Henry lit the fire of American Patriotism with his brilliant speech. The words echoed through the colonies and uplifted souls. But how could words result is such great actions? It was done through the power of rhetoric speech. Patrick Henry used his references to slavery and the bible to create his imagery.In Patrick Henry's speech he uses just about every form of rhetoric speech. One frequent form is that of his references to slavery. These suggestions apply Logos, Pathos, and Ethos in many ways. One example came from the start of his speech. As he was speaking on the question of going to war or not, he states "For my own part, I consider it nothing less that a question of freedom or slavery." That is quite a powerful statement. At the time, slavery is well known and widely practiced in the colonies. The citizens know the horrors and cruelty that slaves endure. It is basically pure torture. By stating this, he is putting the question in the minds of his audience, "Could I be a slave?" He essentially is saying that by not going to war, they were accepting the fact that they will become slaves, and as they all knew, slavery was something that you never get out of. This would be a decision that would last them forever, and could not be changed. By throwing these issues in the air, Patrick Henry began to strike in to them.He again used the illustration of a form of slavery when he stated, "Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard is stationed in every house?" At this point in the speech he basically asks, at what point have things gone too far? At the time, the colonists knew how uncomfortable it was being around the British guard even for only a short time. They would control everything around them and were extremely rude. Patrick Henry took that concept a step further, and placed the idea of one living with you in the picture. The houses would be ruled by the soldier, and the rightful owner would essentially turn in to the British slave. Their fate would be sealed at that point, and could not be changed.Slavery is referenced yet again when he speaks of those who are waiting and hoping for something good to happen. He states "... until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?" Patrick Henry is basically taking about how things in the colonies have progressively gotten worse and worse over time and eventually will be intolerable. He uses the example of being bound hand and...

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