List at least three rhetorical devices that Patrick Henry uses in his "Speech to the Virginia Convention." Give quotations from the speech of each device you list.

Three rhetorical devices that Patrick Henry uses in his "Speech to the Virginia Convention" are rhetorical questions, parallelism, and emotional appeals.

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Patrick Henry uses allusions in his speech. An allusion is an indirect reference to another text or person or event which adds meaning to the new text. In one example, Henry suggests that the colonies ought not to hope that England will simply allow them to leave the empire, though "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."

He claims that they may want to believe that England will deal justly and fairly with them because it is certainly preferable; however, believing this will distract them from the truth until it is too late. The sirens were monsters in ancient Greek myths: they lived on an island and sang when ships passed by. Sailors, unable to resist their song, would steer toward their voices and crash into the rocks and die. Henry compares England to these sirens and the colonies to the unwitting and doomed sailors who listen to them.

Henry also uses a device called asyndeton: the absence of...

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