What are some literary devices found in Patrick Henry's Virginia Convention speech?
In his speech to the Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry's aim is to win over his audience to his point of view, and accordingly he uses many rhetorical devices commonly used to increase an orator's powers of persuasion.
At the beginning of the speech, he uses anaphora to suggest to his audience that he is a reasonable man and aware of the broad picture—"different men often see the same subject in different lights." Anaphora is a form of parallelism in which the same words are repeated at the beginning of successive phrases. Other examples of this in this speech include "We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated . . . " and the subsequent sentence "Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances . . . " The most famous example of this type of parallelism comes in the closing line, "give me liberty or give me death!" which is also, arguably, an example of apostrophe, or appeal to "Almighty God."
Another form of parallelism, epistrophe, can be seen in such phrases as...
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