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Title: Patrick Henry: Liberty or Death!


1
Patrick Henry Liberty or Death!
  • Sarah Frances, Kelsey Novak, and Ryan Schrock.

2
Type of Speech
  • Patrick Henrys speech is a political speech
    because he spoke to the delegates in Virginia
    asking them to vote in the favor of his
    resolutions for the colony to gain independence
    from the British.

3
History
  • Born in Virginia on May 29, 1736.
  • He studied law all by himself and failed at many
    careers before finding himself a place in
    politics.
  • He was a leader in fighting against British
    tyranny because he argued with the king over a
    case called the famed Parsons Cause, where he
    gained respect from citizens who agreed with
    Henrys arguments.

4
Reason of importance
  • When he gave his now famous speech in 1775, he
    was risking his life by saying the famed line
    Give me liberty, or give me death!
  • By saying this line, he is putting himself at
    risk because if they did not gain liberty, then
    he would be put to death.

5
Emotional Appeal
  • Should I keep back my opinions at such a time,
    through fear of giving offense, I should consider
    myself as guilty of treason towards my country
    and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty
    of heaven, which I revere above all earthly
    things.
  • Are we disposed to be of the number of those
    who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear
    not, the things which so nearly concern their
    temporal salvation.
  • The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it
    is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
  • Give me liberty or give me death!

6
Ethical Appeal
  • It is only this way that we can hope to arrive
    at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility
    which we hold to God and our country.
  • But different men often see the same subject in
    different lights and, therefore, I hope that it
    will not be thought disrespectful to those
    gentlemen, if, entertaining as I do opinions of a
    character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak
    forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.
  • Should I keep back my opinions at such a time,
    through fear of giving offense, I should consider
    myself as guilty of treason towards my country,
    and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty
    of heaven, which I revere above all earthly
    kings.

7
Logical Appeal
  • Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive
    ourselves longer.
  • We shall not fight our battles alone. There is a
    just God who presides over the destinies of
    nations, and who will raise up friends to fight
    our battles for us.
  • Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of
    the means which the God of nature hath placed in
    our power.

8
Rhetorical Questions
  • Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love
    and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so
    unwilling to be reconciled that force must be
    called in to win back our love?
  • I ask gentlemen, sir what means this martial
    array, if its purpose be not to force us to
    submission? Can gentlemen assign any other
    possible motives for it? Has Great Britain any
    enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for
    all this accumulation of navies and armies?

9
Repetition
  • We must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight!
  • The war is inevitable -- and let it come! I
    repeat it, sir, let it come!
  • Gentlemen may cry, Peace! Peace! but there is
    no peace.
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