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Metaphor in Speech to the Second Virginia Convention

Metaphor Examples in Speech to the Second Virginia Convention:

Text of Henry's Speech

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"They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging...."   (Text of Henry's Speech)

Henry employs metaphorical language to illustrate the control of the British over the thirteen colonies. According to Henry, the British army and navy had bound and riveted, meaning fastened, themselves over the colonies like a chain. This image conjures images of slavery and a master’s complete control over their subservient.

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