Listen to/watch/read the speech from the film Braveheart:
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Wallace: Sons of Scotland, I am William Wallace.
Young soldier: William Wallace is 7 feet tall.
Wallace: Yes, I've heard. Kills men by the hundreds, and if he were here he'd consume the English with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse. I AM William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny. You have come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What would you do without freedom? Will you fight?
Veteran soldier: Fight? Against that? No, we will run; and we will live.
Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you'll live -- at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!!!
Wallace and Soldiers: Alba gu bra! (Scotland forever!)
Model TE/EA Paragraph:
In Queen Gorgo’s speech from the film 300, Gorgo primarily uses the rhetorical device ethos to persuade her audience. Gorgo discusses the various roles that she holds in Sparta, describing herself as a “wife”, “mother”, and “Spartan woman” (300). Gorgo also states that she comes “humbly” (300) to her people, highlighting her humility. Although Gorgo’s credibility comes from the fact that she is the Queen of Sparta and therefore worthy of respect, she deepens her trustworthiness by reminding her people that she is human like them, that she shares many identities with the people she rules and is proud to serve and be a member of the Spartan community.