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Thatcher 1 Marlina Thatcher Dr. Liana Andreasen English 1302 VF3 7 April 2019 Liberty or Death Speech Patrick Henry gave a speech on March 23, 1775 at the Virginia Convention, concerning American’s relationship with Britain. Henry delivered a speech that made his position on that circumstance clear to his audience. He used a dynamic tone to express his ideas. Also, used the explanatory strategy of fallacy to persuade the people into feeling that American’s independence was necessary for the benefit of the country and its people. Henry exploits false notions, for example, either or fallacy, fallacy of complex questions, and appeal to emotion to actualize his thoughts into the audience. First of all, Henry uses either-or fallacy; either gain freedom by war with Britain or always remain under control of the Britain realm. For example, “For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth…” Henry asserts that opportunity from Britain is the main answer for their issues. Thusly, the crowd is more engaged on this side of the contention, and may not perceive any feeling of the other contention therefore. He wants he audience to comprehend that there are just two choices; freedom, which he is advocating, or slavery, which he knows these proud, well-off men, many of whom are slaveholders, will not endure.
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Thatcher 2 Afterwards, Henry used fallacy of complex questions, which demonstrates that he is confident that his audience will react in consent to his requests for freedom. For instance, Henry addresses the military of Great Britain acting forcefully in spite of Americans calmly endeavoring to accommodate. “Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation?” Finally, what I consider the most powerful technique Henry utilizes is the fallacy of appealing to emotion. Henry discusses different activities that the colonists have officially taken to dissent the English government, for example, “We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we
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