“GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH” PATRICK HENRY By: Alma Ramirez 3 rd block 4/10/2013 BACKGROUND He was born in Hanover Country, Virginia in May 29, 1736. He got married to Sarah Shelton and began a career as a farmer . That didn’t last long because his farm caught on fire That’s when he became a lawyer and educated himself for a year. Patrick Henry was a lawyer and a speaker He was in the politics for 30 years. He was elected to Virginia House of Burgesses in 1765. He was elected to the Continental Congress, in 1774. He was Virginia Militia Leader in 1774. He was governor of Virginia 1776 -78. Patrick became famous for the way he spoke to persuade people to believe in and act upon, his beliefs. He died on June 6, 1799 VIDEO http://www.history.org/media/audio/Libordth.mp3 SOAPSTONE- SUBJECT Subject: Patrick Henry is what is martial array and the purpose isn’t to force us to submission. Patrick Henry also wants to become stronger. “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death !” SOAPSTONE – OCCASION Occasion: The Virginia House of Burgess, Richmond March 23, 1775 “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” SOAPSTONE – AUDIENCE Audience: to the president and everyone at the 3 rd Virginia Convention. “No man, Mr. President, thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very honourable gentlemen who have just addressed this House .” SOAPSTONE – PURPOSE Purpose: in my opinion the purpose of Patrick Henry giving this speech is to in a way inform everyone that its time to take action and be strong, instead of hoping. “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I should wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the members of this House” SOAPSTONE – SPEAKER Speaker: Patrick Henry “But dif ferent men often see the same subject in dif ferent lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful of those worthy gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. “ SOAPSTONE - TONE Tone: serious, confident, and objective “I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.” ANALYSIS “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, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country” He is saying that he considers this issue the same as he was treating freedom or slavery. “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” He is saying whatever happens he is willing to do provide the best. MAJOR PREMISE/THEME/MAIN IDEA “Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” In my opinion this quote of the speech basically states the main idea. PATHOS “Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.” Patrick Henry is showing some kind of emotion when he says “we are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth” basically meaning that when we feel pain we shut down. LOGOS “They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to of fer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain.” This quote shows logos, because Patrick Henry says that getting into an argument doesn’t work anymore, since they have tried that for the last 10 years. RHETORICAL DEVICE “… I hope it will not be thought disrespectful of those worthy gentlemen if…” “Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.” “In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope.” “Shall we acquire the means of ef fectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot ?” POWERFUL LINES “There is no longer any room for hope.” Patrick is saying that there is no more room for hope; that it’s time to take action instead of hoping. “They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?” Patrick is saying that it’s time to become strong. “Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.” He is saying that if they use all the proper tools God has provided in their power they can become strong. TO FOLLOW After the speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” the Royal Governor of Virginia had order all the gunpowder seized and stored to keep it away of the hands of patriots forces. QUESTION!?