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GIVE ME LIBERTY Patrick Henrys Speech in the Virginia Convention is not only a model persuasive speech but also displays his extraordinary persuasive speaking skill He spoke concerning the American colonies relations with England and urged his audience to accept the inevitable war rather than try to make amends Several key aspects of his speech such as emotion and tone were essential in support of his point of view Like preachers of the Great Awakening Henry knew his audience and was thus able to manipulate their minds through logic and strong feelings Early in the speech Henry used three speaking techniques that displayed his proficiency in persuading his appropriate tone his support of his opposers and his choice of words or diction that demonstrated his open-mindedness Calm and composed Henry began by attempting to soothe his opposers and convey a good impression of himself to the audience He then began by explaining that everyone was entitled to a point of view and asked that people who disagreed would understand this liberty of thought Henry moved on to lay the grounds for his forthcoming rebuttal by actually supporting the statements made earlier by others that he disagreed with This technique displayed his open-mindedness and encouraged his audience to heed his words The crescendo of his speech rising Henry resorted to an open show of strong feelings to further influence the audience He agreed with others that events leading to the American Revolutions were merely misunderstandings resulting from narrow-mindedness selfishness and greed but argued that they were irreversible The erratic course of British-colonial relations could not be rectified he argued and the colonies should prepare for the oncoming war with England Henry summarized his thoughts for his audience as his speech came to a close and although the speechs resonance began to subside the mood in the room became excited and patriotic The keystone to his speech was indeed his final sentence Give me liberty or give
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