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In the speeches, The Crisis from Thomas Paine and Speech to the Second Virginia Convention from Patrick Henry both radical writers have a common enemy for the King of Britain, and same idea about taking action. Both writers were anti-federalist and wrote about the idea of war in their speeches; Although, both speeches have similar arguments and thoughts about: God, the King, and freedom but they also had different occasion, audience, and style in writing. On one hand, some may argue that Thomas Paine speech is empowering and on the other hand, others contrast that and may say Patrick Henry is all- powerful. In comparison, to both writers Henry in my personal view does a more desirable aspect about taking action for his freedom.  Paine writes in a more shuttle tone to motivate the soldiers to keep on fighting and not give up. By doing that successfully, he asserts in his speech: figurative language, Rhetorical device, strong imagery, and allusion to appeal to his audience. Meanwhile, Henry tone is more urgent but respectful to give to the colonist making them have no choice but to fight. He achieves that by asserting rhetorical questions, repetition, figurative language, parallelism, and exaggeration to his speech. Firstly, both Paine and Henry make the case about religion, and how God is the one leading the war and they shall do what he commands. Paine points to how “Heaven knows to how put a proper price upon its good.” (1),  Paine does this by creating this image to the people about “heaven” and how God will reward you properly by sending you to heaven if you do what he commands you to do, and by using words such as “price” and “good” he creates a rhetorical appeal to the people of worryness and panic, because if they don’t do as command they won’t get  to go to heaven nor rewarded  with a good.  Then, he continues and mentions that “…Power can only belong to God.” (1). Therefore, saying that God is our savior and as a result we must do what he commands. He uses words such as “power” and “only”  to inform his people that we can trust and must do what he asks, for he is the one with powers, but not only is he the one with power, he emphasizes on that and refers to him with the “only” one with powers. He also creates a rhetorical appeal pathos by giving ownership towards the people, because if god is the only one with power the people are gullible enough to people in Pain words and give in ownership. On the other hand, Henry also speaks about God and he starts off by with mentioning “…God of nature hath placed in our power.”(9)  this compared to Paines sounds similar, because both gives the reader the impression that God as the power. However, Patrick does a better job, because the words choice he used was worded differently, because he uses the word such as “placed” and “our” informing the colonist that God is giving them the power to fight and that is why they must fight. Therefore, not only God has the power but they also do,  instead of  “god is the only one with the power” in Paines. Not only is the diction in better use, but the rhetorical appeal of pathos he gives out to the people, which would be control and motivation/enlightening because God is giving them power to fight, therefore motivating by enlightening the fact that god is there and giving them the strengths. Then, he continues with saying “…we dispose… to does who having eyes see not, and having ears hear not, the thing which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?”(2), saying is thoses who cannot see or hear the truth about God they will lose their spiritual salvation so creating a rhetorical appeal of fear about being dispose of the people and then losing their religion and faith. Next, both writers share the same hate they have for the King of Britain, however Henery does  more of a efficient job on hating the king than Paine. Paine starts of by saying “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered…” (1), he beings with metaphorically referring the king as a  “Tyranny” and then continues and compares him to “hell” to build up the audience rhetorical appeal  of fear and unpleasantly, because no one wants to be against a Tyrant that comes from hell, so he creates this image in the people mind that if we don’t fight we will let evil win. On the contrary, Henry does a more successful job about taking down the king. Ad he starts by contrasting “majesty of heaven” and  ” the king”, “as guilty of treason towards my country and of act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above above all kings.”(1). He is doing this by juxtaposing God as “majesty of Heaven,” and “king” for King George, then also creating an appeal of ethos by placing God above the king. God has a greatness of character; the king only has a position of authority. Lastly, both speeches have a strongly opinion about slavery and freedom and the idea of conquering freedom. However, Henry does a better job at creating suspense to the colonist about their war for freedom and enslavement. Thomas Paine starts by mentioning that “…if being bound in the manner is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth.”(1), Paine used the word ” being bond” ro  illustrate that this is as bad as slavery, because being bound  is going to plan, creating a rhetorical appeal of  pathos where creating this fear that if they don’t act fast they might all be enslaves. Meanwhile, Henry makes a greater impact of tension building  to the colonist emotions. He mention to the people that “There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the pains of Boston!” (9) by doing this he exaggerates to the people if they are enslaved in chains it will be so terrifying that a whole other state is going to be able to hear them, making a intense image in their mind of how frightening it is so hear and see chains around them clunking so hard against each other. Not only that, but he also generates rhetorical appeal based on fear. Fear of being slaves and tortured, having no mercy. Taking a overview look based on both Speeches from Thomas Paine and Patrick Henry, we can come to a conclusion that both speeches are very well written and make a strong central argument about taking action for their freedom. Furthermore, Henry did a more impacting job than Paine did not only, because Paine had taken places during war and Henry was not ,but more for the style, impact, and the voice he put into his speech; Showing how passionate and willing to defeat the king. Also his wrote a interesting speech, while Paine was more shuttle writing and Henry did a better job with imagery, diction, metaphor, rhetorical effect, and exaggerating the war they needed for freedom

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