The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery...
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. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?
Trust it not, sir. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. 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 Henry begins to give speech using pathos method to get attention of audience by saying that what he has to say will either mean freedom or slavery.
Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on.
Henry starts to take facts from the past to give logical explanations on why standing idol will not work
There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight!
P. Henry used another logical explanation soon after the last to explain that a war is brewing.
give me liberty or give me death!
Henry explains that continuing to try and avoid this conflict will not work because they have been trying the last 10 years.
Henry tells the men blatantly that they must fight back against the British, in hopes to rally to crowd
Patrick Henry delivers the line that lights the flame that will carry the colony's though the war