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As far as great persuasive speakers of American history goes Patrick Henry was one of the best ever His speech to the Virginia Convention otherwise known as his Liberty or Death speech was probably his most famous But what makes a great persuasive speaker you ask Well there are several types of statements you may incorporate into your speech They are rhetorical questions restatement of ideas and the repetition of phraseswords While making his Liberty or Death speech Patrick Henry made several statements that were in the form of rhetorical questions Meaning that he asked a question that had no need to be answered by anyone or the answer was so obvious that it didnt need explaining During this speech he says Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery Henry 104 Well obviously everyone knows they would rather not be in slavery Thus the question was rhetorical It also would answer any other questions that might arise to that part of the speech He shows through a verbal example how if they allow the British to continue invading then the British will soon enslave them all with the chains of subjection Patrick Henry also uses the restatement of ideas When he says There is no retreat Henry 104 and War is inevitable Henry 104 When he says this there are obviously going to be several people with objections He answers them by stating that all that is left to the people of America is the call to arms and prayers for victory to a god who is on their side He also goes on to explain how they have already tried all their other options and they have failed Now if they fail in their own defense then they will be the enslaved subjects of the King Hence the opposition towards these statements is silenced The next type of persuasion that Patrick
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