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Literary Devices in Speech to the Second Virginia Convention

Literary Devices Examples in Speech to the Second Virginia Convention:

Text of Henry's Speech


"freedom or slavery..."   (Text of Henry's Speech)

According to Henry’s logic, there are only two potential outcomes to an armed resistance against the British: freedom or slavery. This extreme dichotomy likely resonated with the audience, which was largely composed of wealthy, slaveholding men. Although they were proponents of slavery, the audience—perhaps hypocritically—did not want to become slaves themselves, and would do anything to preserve their freedom.

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