The Comparisons of Writing Styles Between Patrick Henry and Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In Patrick Henry’s address to the delegates of Virginia on March 23, 1775, Henry uses figure of speech throughout his address to get his point across to the delegates that the Americans should fight the British for even more freedom. In Emerson’s essay titled “Self-Reliance”, Emerson too uses figures of speech to portray the point that whatever you chose to do in life affects the outcome later on. While Henry uses biblical allusions, and Emerson uses personification, both use metaphors and diction as means of conveying their ideas. In Patrick Henry’s address he stresses the importance to fight for independence from Britain. Henry uses biblical allusions, metaphors, and diction in order to get his point across to the 122 delegates from the colony of Virginia. When addressing the president, Henry uses a metaphor to compare “…painful truth” to “…that of siren, till she transforms us into beasts.” By using this metaphor, Henry conveys the thought that even though they may not want to face the painful truth, they will hear it and see it which will drive them mad. Throughout the address, Henry uses biblical allusions to appeal to the mass. Since many colonists were church goers, Henry knew the delegates would feel comforted if they knew what they were doing was morally right and that God was on their side. When Henry stated that independence was just a question of freedom or slavery, he added “…we can he to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country.” By doing so Henry causes the delegates to believe that it is part of their moral responsibility to gain independence from Britain. Later in in his address, Henry adds that they are not fighting their battles alone, but that “There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles with us.” When Henry says

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