Martin Luther King And Patrick Henry: Cry For Freedom



Although Patrick Henry and Martin Luther King, Jr. are both skilled
orators and use similar rhetorical devices to appeal to their audiences, they
call for freedom for two totally different kinds of people. Both Patrick Henry
and Martin Luther King, Jr. show their strengths as speakers through their use
of these rhetorical devices. Among these are parallelism, allusions, metaphors,
and rhetorical questions. Both speakers use these devices well. Martin Luther
King, Jr. is infamous for using parallelism when he states, "Free at last, free
at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" Martin Luther King, Jr. also
alludes to the Declaration of independence many times in his speech. "I ...

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well is imagery. A good example of Henry's imagery is, "The next gale that
sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!"
Henry uses these and many more devices to keep the attention and the open mind
of his audience who was mostly opposed to his viewpoint.
These two speeches were much more different than they are alike. The
main difference between the two speeches, in a general sense was that one calls
for a change through violence and war, while the other calls for a peaceful
solution. Patrick Henry's speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses calls for a
revolution against Great Britain. This must have been a difficult speech for
Henry to deliver because he was speaking to a group of people who were opposed
to his ideals. They gave the speech pre-revolution and was an attempt to
persuade the Virginia delegates to solve the colonies' problems with the British
through war.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech was much different than Henry's. First
of ...

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