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Updated: 9/14/2020
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  • The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country.
  • I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; 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. Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. [But] Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great struggle for liberty?
  • I ask gentlemen, sir, Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. And what have we to oppose to them?
  • Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of Parliament.
  • strong introduction appeals to pathos and paves way for strong speech. it appeals to pathos.
  • Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrance’s have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne!
  • he already has denounced Britain as not his country, and is telling the board of directors that it wouldn't be smart to hope against evidence in their position. he is appealing to pathos with words like slavery, and logos with the logic stated earlier in this summary.
  • there is no other reason for there to be armies stationed in that part of the world, except to crush a rebellion. he appeals to logos, because its true that they have no other enemies in this area of the world.
  • Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
  • they've tried really hard to stop a war from breaking out. he uses pathos by creating a sense of desperation.
  • unfortunately, the king and parliament have not shared their enthusiasam for compromise. he appeals to pathos with "spurned with contempt from the foot of the throne!" it creates a sense of anger and betrayal
  • he would rather die than let Britain control him, and that is precisely what he plans on doing. this appeals strongly to pathos as he uses religion language and talks of slavery.
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