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Give me Liberty or give me Death On March 23rd 1775 a Virginia delegate by the name of Patrick Henry spoke concerning the arming and defense of the state of Virginia With risk of attack from British troops the question was what Virginias stance should be- one of compliance with Britain or one of independence Before voting on what actions to take Henry delivered a powerful speech in which he denounced Britains actions and encouraged his fellow Virginians to stand up and fight Britain His speech was successful and his resolutions for the arming of Virginia passed This speech was successful because it incorporated the literary devices of pathos ethos and logos Using these devices Henry was able to persuade the men around him that liberty of the United States was a cause worth fighting for Throughout his speech Henry appealed to the emotions of his audience One of the ways he did this was by using imagery and appealing to the senses of those around him He frequently referred to Britains rule as being chains of slavery While speaking of British troops he proclaims that they are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging Britain is enslaving the US At the conclusion of his speech he also adds the question Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery One of the principles upon which America prided itself was its potential for freedom so by referring to their position as a country as one of enslavement Henry makes his audience realize the need to take action against this By using these images of slavery Henry helps those around him understand and feel the situation they are in and also emphasizes his countrys need for independence from Britain Another appeal to his audiences senses was Henrys use of sound in his
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