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Patrick Henry is well known for his Give me liberty or give me death speech This speech was a primary factor in the Americans decision to wage war with Great Britain Persuading politicians through the use of literary devices passionate wording and the risky inclusion of illogical arguments Patrick was able to provide convincing reasons for revolution He starts his speech by addressing those who may disagree with him Understanding that his conclusion is not the only intelligent conclusion he emphasizes the importance of debate Introducing the speech this way not only aids in opening the minds of the people opposed to his view but it also gains the attention of those in attendance causing them to wonder what he could say that would cause offense Patrick designs the body of his speech to list the transgressions of the English He even refers to the story of Judas betrayal of Jesus in order to imply Great Britains evil motives This illustration implies that the eternal optimists who believe it to be possible to restore relations with the British are simply being deceived and set up for a betraying kiss from an enemy After listing the sins of the British against the Americans Patrick begins to predict that the British troops being sent to America will soon use force to bring the colonies into submission Henry goes from confessing that his opinions may not match all the attendees to listing the Britains wrongdoings in order to build respect incite the emotion of anger and plant seeds of fear He knows that even a passive dog will attack when cornered and wishes to give the impression that the Americans are cornered by the British Patricks use of rhetorical devices may have been powerful enough cause his peers to develop a sense of respect for his views however alone they would not be able to convince the attendees of the Virginian Convention to decide on
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