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Patrick Henry I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Speech in Virginia Convention Virginia House of Burgesses ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry
  • I know not what course others may take but as
    for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Speech in Virginia ConventionVirginia House of
2 of the most famous Revolutionary Speeches
  • 1st Treason Speech---to legislators in VA in
    opposition to Stamp Act
  • Warned the King of England to profit by their
    example Caesar and King Charles the First, who
    were assassinated for political reasons
  • 2nd---10 years later
  • Urged armed resistance to England
  • This boldness forced governor of VA to proclaim
    him an outlaw

Life in Politics
  • Later elected governor of VA (5 yrs)
  • Political views grew conservative
  • Led the fight against the Constitution claiming
    it gave fed. government too much power
  • Later led the movement to add Bill of Rights

Persuasive Devices
  • Allusion---references made for the sake of
    comparison (do not fully describe, but rather
    hint at)
  • Examples
  • song of siren (2nd paragraph)
  • Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a
    kiss. (3rd paragraph)

More Persuasive Techniques
  • Repetition
  • Rhetorical Question
  • Vivid descriptive language
  • Find an example of each of these in the text