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Patrick Henry Speech in the Virginia Convention
In 1765, Patrick Henry was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. Shortly after his election, he delivered one of his most powerful speeches in opposition to the Stamp Act. In 1775, Henry delivered his most famous speech at the Virginia Provincial Convention Boldly urging armed resistance To England. In the years that followed, Henry continued to be an important political leader, serving as governor of Virginia And member of the Virginia General Assembly. Bio: Example
It was said that Patrick Henry could move His listeners to anger, fear, or laughter More easily than the most talented actor. Remembered most for his fiery battle cry Give me Liberty or Give me death! Henry is considered to be the most powerful orator of the American Revolution. Historical perspective: Example
Patrick Henry helped to Inspire Colonists to unite in an effort to win their independence from Great Britain. His speech had a powerful impact on the audience, feeding the Revolutionary spirit that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Impact: Example
Theme: Example For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.
Main/key Points: Example different men often see the same subject in different lights... Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of Giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason Toward my country, and an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty Of Heaven. Patrick Henry thought that it was his duty to speak his Honest feelings concerning the tyrannical British rule.
Speech segment: Example They tell us, sir, that we are weak-unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.
Give me Liberty or Give me Death! Poster: Example Patrick Henry
Bonus: Rhetorical Devices - Examples 1.) Parallelism: We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne… 2.) Antithesis: …I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.