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Speech in the Virginia Convention-Rhetorical Techniques

Laura Collings Lilly Park Sydney Enlow

Lilly Park

on 27 November 2012

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Transcript of Speech in the Virginia Convention-Rhetorical Techniques

Rhetorical Techniques Speech in the Virginia Convention What kind of Rhetorical skills did Patrick Henry use? Ethos Rhetorical Questions “Is that the part of wise men, engaged in a great struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be the number of those who having eyes see not, and having ears hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?”
-pg. 90 paragraph 2 Allusion Metaphors/
Figurative Language “They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry has been so long forging.” Colorful "Slanted" Language Ethos
Rhetorical Questions
Metaphors/ Figurative Language
Colorful "slanted" language
Propaganda <Appeal based on trustworthiness of speaker> First Paragraph of pg. 90

"....No man thinks more highly than I do of Patriotism..." Pathos <Appeal that evokes emotion, especially pity or compassion> Logos <An appeal to logic or reason> <Questions for which the answers are known> <Referenced to well-known, significant events, books, art, etc.> Repetition Parallelism < Repetition of phrases> <Comparison of unlike persons, animals, objects, events, forces, etc.> Propaganda <Biased language> <presentation of only one side of an issue> Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? “the song of the siren” -the second paragraph of pg. 90 “Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.” -3rd paragraph same pg. Greek Mythology Gospel of Luke Self-deception “We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth….” Paragraph 2 pg.90 “Let us not deceive ourselves sir.” Next Paragraph “ Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves longer.” pg. 91 The Need to Fight “ We must fight, I repeat, sir.” end of first paragraph on pg. 92 “ I repeat it, sir, let it come!” end of the next paragraph “we have” end of pg 91 “our…” “Give me liberty or give me death”. “Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!” pg. 92 2nd column 1st paragragh I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. beginning of 3rd Paragraph "We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have..." page 91, second column, third line from the bottom "I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?" 3rd Paragraph
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