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Patrick Henry "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" Speech
Updated: 9/14/2020
Patrick Henry "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" Speech
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  • "For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery"
  • Patrick Henry was born on May 29, 1736 in Hanover county Virginia, on a plantation that belonged to his mothers family.
  • "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!"
  • Patrick Henry moved on to become many things including a lawyer, public speaker, governor, and founding father. His most famous speech is a speech known as the give me liberty or give me death speech.
  • "Ask yourselves, are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. "
  • Patrick says this quote at the beginning of his speech to demonstrate that Britain's reign on the colonies is full of unfair laws that make living there feel like slavery. Patrick is using pathos in this quote to influence people emotionally.
  • "Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
  • Patrick is pointing out that every time the colonists try to protest a law created by the parliament and the king, their efforts are ignored and waivered away. Patrick is using logos in this quote, because he is factually describing Britain's use of unfair force.
  • Patrick is saying that if the British will not allow the colonies to be independent and wish to start war , then they should be the ones who start it. Patrick is using logos in this quote because he uses past statistics and logic to determine what Britain will do in the future.
  • Patrick is saying that it is gods given right to have freedom in America, and if he can not have freedom than he would rather die. Patrick is using pathos in this segment to convey his emotions to the audience that he feels like he's being treated like a slave.
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