MCM English III CP
19 September 2012
Speech in the Virginia Convention Paragraph
“We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne; and we have implored its interoperation to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.”
Towards the middle of the “Speech in the Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry, he appeals to the audience’s sense of logic by implying that they have protested to Britain that we are sick of them invading our country’s freedom. Henry presents to the people with repetition with the phrase “We have.” What he is trying to get to the people to realize is that we have fought for our rights for too long and it needs to come to an end now. Henry wants the people not to only realize that this is going on but he also wants to bring this to a stop and be able to do what they want to do without being mollycoddled. Patrick says that we have pleaded to get the British rule out of here, should arrest these cruel people and get them out of the government. He wants not only the people there but everywhere, to know that the British are cruel, they need to leave us alone and let us make our own choices. What he is feeling is that there is time for peace, and the time for peace is not now. He wants people to know what he sees and that they need to fight, and the time to fight is now! Henry is willing to die for the right cause, which is to fight, rather than give into the British.