The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country.
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 comfort themselves and the House.
Patrick Henry gathers everyone in the meeting to present his speech.
Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years.
The reason why he says this to capture the audience attention for the speech to come. 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! I
He's telling the people that there will likely be no future where a American is in the house of representation. Logos
Why stand we here idle? 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!
He is saying that they have already tried a civil way to get rid of this problem. Logos
He is saying the same thing but instead with more emotion and evidence to support his claim. Pathos
He wants to let the audience know he will not stand by and waste time with debates instead, he wants to take action. Logos