Patrick Henry Describing in Literary terms about the speech given at the "The Virginia Convention" by Patrick Henry.

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In the speech "The Virginia Convention" Patrick Henry set out to convince the Virginia delegates that the war with England is inevitable, the longer they wait the harder to win the war and that the war had already started. The author uses repetition, rhetorical questions, and facts to allow the speech to be more effective, interesting, and strong.

Repetition is one of the stronger designs that Patrick uses to help stress the importance of taking on this battle now rather than waiting and being to late to defend what is theirs. To begin with, Patrick made certain points by repeating the words he spoke as often as possible and using them in his speech as much as possible to emphasize. In speaking of living under the oppressing rules of the king, who lived so far away and had never even seen this land, Patrick, no longer willing to tolerate the king's preposterous laws, states, "We must fight! I repeat; sir we must fight!" Next, referring to several unsuccessful attempts to enlighten the king about the need for freedom from his tyrannizes rules, Patrick declares, "We have petitioned.

We have remonstrated. We have supplicated." Patrick Henry uses the strategy of repetition to enforce the need to join the war and declare freedom from Britain.

Using resent events and facts as a technique to emphasize the need, the urgency, and the importance of joining the war, Patrick Henry stresses "Our brethren are already in the field." Patrick approached the people with a statement about England's offensive thoughts of the people in America, "They tell us sir that we are weak-unable to cope with so formidable and adversary." With feeling in his voice Patrick accents, "The war has actually begun." Patrick Henry's facts showed the people just what was out there in...