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Figures of speech in "Speech in the Virginia Convention"

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Jacob Johnston

on 10 January 2013

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Transcript of Figures of speech in "Speech in the Virginia Convention"

Jacob Johnston
Figure of Speech
- PATRICK HENRY Hyperbole – Figure of speech
which is an intentional
and an obvious exaggeration. Allusion - Figure of Speech that makes a reference to something by implication. 'We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.' Metaphor - Figure of Speech that compares two things; Does not use "like" or "as" . 'Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet.' Metonymy – Figure of speech used
in rhetoric; something that is
not called by its own name
but which is associated
with that concept. 'Different men often see the same subject in different lights' 'I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.' 'They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging.' These metaphors are giving the audience reason to dislike and distrust the British government. Telling his audience that they will 'bind' and 'snare' them is a good way to get them up in arms. 'The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!' 'holy cause of liberty' "We have petitioned, we have remonstrated, we have supplicated..." "Hugging the delusive phantom of hope..." These tell the audience that while they may have had different experiences with the British and that they may not all see eye to eye they should still be loyal to eachother and not the British This allusion is referencing the mythical siren. Patrick Henry is referring to the British telling them fantastical lies and false truths to keep them on their side.
These examples of exaggeration are used to boost the the morale and willingness of people to support the cause Henry presents
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