For this assignment, you will write a well organized 4 paragraph essay discussing the rhetorical strategies that Patrick Henry employs to achieve his purpose
for addressing those in attendance at the Virginia Convention. In your analysis, consider such strategies as: Logos, Ethos, Pathos, Rhetorical Questions,
Repetition and any other rhetorical device you may be able to identify.
THESIS STATEMENT FOR THE ENTIRE ESSAY:
In Patrick Henry’s speech, he tries to help members of the Second Virginia Convention see that they need to rebel against the British and fight back by using
Pathos to appeal to the audience’s feelings and use Rhetorical Questions to motivate and help show the importance of the situation.
Provide brief context of the scene TAG [Title, author, genre] – Patrick Henry addresses the Second Virginia Convention with a persuasive speech motivating
leaders to fight back against the British.
Thesis / Purpose Statement – Patrick Henry, in his speech, works to convince members of the Second Virginia Convention to rebel against the British and
fight back by using Pathos to appeal to the reader’s feelings and he uses rhetorical questions to motivate and help the audience realize the urgency of the
II. Device One [topic sentence] – Patrick Henry uses Pathos to make the audience realize that, under British rule, they will be equal to slaves.
Example of device #1 + purpose [2-3 sentence chunk] – Sentence 40 gives an example of pathos in the speech. Henry states, “We have petitioned; we have
remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the
ministry and parliament,” (Henry). It uses Pathos by comparing the English parliament to a tyrannical government. This immediately makes the audience
think the worst of the British government and compare them to some of the most power-abusing countries in the world. Example of device #2 + purpose [2-3
sentence chunk] Concluding sentence Patrick Henry also states, “There is no longer room for hope,” (Henry) This statement uses Pathos to explain to the
audience that no hope is left for the colonists. Feeling hopeless is one of the worst feelings somebody can feel. Making the colonists imagine that they will
be hopeless without fighting back makes them feel a great need to revolt. Overall, Patrick Henry makes great use of Pathos and convinces the audience that
without fighting back, they will be enslaved to the British.
III. Device Two [topic sentence] – Patrick Henry also uses Rhetorical Questions to make the audience think deeply about their opinion and possibly reconsider
what they previously thought was right.
Example of device #1 + purpose [2-3 sentence chunk] – Sentence 11 of excerpt 2 shows an example of rhetorical questions. Patrick Henry states, “Are we
disposed to be the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation,”
(Henry). This text emphasizes the obvious need to rebel and fight back against the British unless you are deaf or blind. Example of device #2 + purpose [2-3
sentence chunk] Concluding sentence
Revisit the BIG question [purpose] Provide universal insight – Overall, Patrick Henry uses this convincing speech to change the opinions of the government
leaders and help them realize the urgency of their situation with Britain.
Patrick Henry addresses the Second Virginia Convention with a persuasive speech motivating leaders to fight back against the British. Patrick Henry, in his
speech, works to convince members of the Second Virginia Convention to rebel against the British and fight back by using Pathos to appeal to the reader’s