Narendran Sairam-YaleMarch 28
, 2008Mr. Richard (Nick) NobleWorld History'Patric Henry Speech' Essay
...give me liberty or give me death!
These were the words that came from Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 as he stood at St. John'sChurch in Richmond, Virginia and gave a speech to the House of Burgesses. Henry was the governor of Virginia and a man of high position in the House whose views were a little different as compared to theothers in the House. He was lawyer by profession and was a very good speaker. As his speech pointsout so well, he wants war and thinks that it is too late to hope for peace. He also Believes that there isno choice anymore and that they are wasting time having this discussion. But if his words are carefullystudied, then one can say that he does not sound like a rebel or a blood-thirsty animal but someonewho really wants to make a difference.At this period in time the House was unsure weather or not to send troops to defend themselvesfrom the approaching British army. When Henry finished saying his famous ending words the crowdstood up and yelled “To arms! To arms!” This shows how good of an orator he was. In fact he wasknow very well for the heated oratorical skills.In this speech Henry seems extremely sincere and committed to saving his country. But he seesthe situation in a different way as he mentions in the beginning (“But different men often see the samesubject in different lights...”) He tries to persuade the House to send troops to defend against theapproaching British Army and he is very strong with his points. He says that he knows by “ the lamp of experience” that the British are trying to annihilate them. He says “Let us not deceive ourselves, sir.These are implements of war and subjugation; the last argument to which kings resort.”He is also convinced that there is no other option left and that they have tried everything.
'We have petitioned, we have remonstrated, we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne,and implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstration have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we