Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death Speech Analysis

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Without the contributions of the founding fathers, America’s success in the Revolution would not have been possible. One man in particular played a prominent role in inspiring fellow Patriots in fighting for their independence. Without the efforts of Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech, the future of America may have been changed forever. Through this speech, the colonists were rallied and ready to go into combat. The success of this speech is evident in the outcome of the American Revolution. In March 1775, Patrick Henry met with the members of the second Virginia Convention to discuss the need of a rebellion against the British. Henry spoke passionately about the need for military action if the British did not begin to succumb to the colonists’ needs. Throughout his speech, Henry effectively persuaded the members of the convention to unite and fight against British tyranny for American independence. Henry’s speech is considered judicial. Throughout the body of the speech he is stating the wrongs, and the injustice bestowed from the King onto the colonies. ”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 (Henry).” Here,…show more content…
Some examples throughout the body paragraphs are "we have remonstrated, we have supplicated (Henry.)” and also “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave (Henry.)” However the most prominent example of parallelism is displayed in the last phrase of the speech, “Give me liberty or give me death (Henry.)” This specific phrase becomes key to the entire speech, and truly captures how intensely he feels the separation from British rule is necessary. It embarks the message that to him, freedom from Britain is more important than life
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