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What allusions can be found in Patrick Henry's "give me liberty or give me death" speech?

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durango3 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 14, 2009 at 2:44 AM via web

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What allusions can be found in Patrick Henry's "give me liberty or give me death" speech?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 14, 2009 at 3:02 AM (Answer #1)

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An allusion is a brief or casual reference to some famous person (real or fictional), quotation, work of art, or other such well-known thing.

In this speech, the allusions are mainly taken from the Bible, but there is also one from classical literature/mythology.

Some allusions in this speech (in order)

Song of the siren -- from the women who tried to tempt Odysseus and his crew to their doom.

Having eyes, see not... -- Mark 8:18

Lamp to guide my feet -- Psalm 119:105

Betrayed with a kiss -- Refers to how Judas betrayed Jesus by kissing him

Battle to the strong -- Ecclesiastes 9:11

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM (Answer #2)

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Song of the siren

Betrayed with a kiss

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