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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Patrick Henry The 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 Henrys 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
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