Speech to the Virginia Convention - Mr. Wolfe's English Class
SPEECH TO THE VIRGINIA CONVENTION PATRICK HENRY (1736-1799) PATRICK HENRY Burgess representative from Virginia Known as the most famous
persuasive speaker from the Colonial time period Greatly protested Britains increasing demands HOUSE OF BURGESSES? The first representativebased government group in the American
Colonies. The first time they were allowed to make legislative decisions without the King. Passed legislation that went to governor Burgess: a representative from
the groupusu. rich landowners Famous Delegates: Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson VIRGINIA CONVENTION: MARCH 20, 1775 British Intolerable Acts had been
instated Organized by the Virginia House of Burgesses George Washington and Thomas Jefferson attended Purpose: To decide what to do about Britains increasing pressures PATRICK HENRY SPEAKS!
Liberty or death speech: Delivered to persuade the delegates of the Virginia Convention to go to war with England. Forget negotiation! Were going to war! Several speakers had gone before Henry in favor of compromise with England.
PATRICK HENRYS SPEECH WORKED! He persuaded the Convention They voted to go to war with England His resolution only passed by 5 votes! We were 5 votes from remaining a British Colony! HENCE, THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR April 19, 1775 (one month from the day of
Henrys speech), the Revolutionary War began at the Battle of Lexington. LOGOS (APPEAL TO LOGIC): DEFINITION Uses factual or potentially factual reasoning to establish the validity of a proposed
argument. head reasoning PATHOS (APPEAL TO EMOTIONS): DEFINITION Seeks to stir feelings. Relies on charged words (those that spark emotion) to evoke emotion toward the intended result.
heart feeling ETHOS (APPEAL TO ETHICS/CREDIBILITY): DEFINITION The authors strategies used to build credibility, validity, or believability. If we dont believe an author has a valid point, we wont care to listen. This is done by citing clear evidence, being
fair in ones approach, considering multiple aspects of a situation, citing firsthand data, and being professional or perhaps even passionate in demeanor. METAPHOR: DEFINITION Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things. Direct: Fame is a feethe comparison is stated
Indirect: The road not takenyou have to figure the comparison out. METAPHORS: PERSUASIVE VALUE Provide stories that are easy to relate to Show potential outcomes by telling the end of a similar story Easy to remember Reduce complexity of problems and get at the
heart of the matter RHETORICAL QUESTIONS: DEFINITION Questions asked for effect. Often used in persuasion They presume the audience knows the answer the speaker is looking for, so no answer is
expected or required. RHETORICAL QUESTIONS: PERSUASIVE VALUE Get the whole group silently agreeing Make the group feel like they are coming up with the answers, not being told what to do to Make the answers feel obvious, thus the outcome feels obvious
ALLUSIONS: DEFINITION References to someone or something that is culturally wellknown Can be from history, literature, religion, politics, sports, science, art, or some other branch of culture
They only work if you are part of the audience ALLUSIONS: PERSUASIVE VALUE Work a lot like metaphors Simple, easy-to-relate-to stories So much said in so few wordsthey carry a whole meaning/story/understanding without having to go into detail
ANTITHESIS: DEFINITION A statement that reveals two opposing ideas in order to show a balanced contrast of ideas.
ANTITHESIS: PERSUASIVE VALUE Antithesis allows opposites to exist side-by-side to show extremes and to make the audience feel as if those are the only two options. When options are limited, they are often easier to select. PARALLEL STRUCTURE: DEFINITION Sentences that are structured in the same way in order to emphasize their content. Often, actual
words are repeated One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind! PARALLEL STRUCTURE: PERSUASIVE VALUE Parallel structure helps the audience pay close attention to the items that are listed/presented in the same format. It is a
tool that amplifies the items presented in parallel structure.
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