Rhetorical Strategies. “Is life s o dear or peace s o s weet as to be purchased at the price of chains and s lavery?” --Patrick Henry The repeated p and s at the beginning of words makes the saying memorable. Effect - The speech is easy to remember as a battle cry. Alliteration.
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Patrick Henry’s speech before the Virginia convention in 1776:
Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” But there is no peace.
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Effect- emphasizes that it is not peace but slavery to the British that is eminent if Americans do not fight for their freedom now.
“The war has actually begun. Why stand we here idle?” --Patrick Henry
Get on with your life.
“ It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” antithetical statement
Use parallelism as a way to formulate a thesis statement.
--Exaggeration for effect
> I’m so hungry I could eat a horse!
--Words that create mental pictures or images.