All for One and One for All in the Declaration of Independence

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The "Declaration of Independence" was authenticated on July 4, 1776, and, within a short span of time, fifty-six men signed the document. The "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" was written in 1848, over seventy years later. It was almost a mirror image of its predecessor, as Stanton et al strategically used the outline of the previous document to establish credibility and make her argument stronger by referencing the "Declaration of Independence" which was so widely known and accepted. Both of these documents were written very skillfully, containing a very strong use of language and almost identical structures, and greatly impacted the people they pertained to, but the "Declaration of Independence" had stronger implications. The "Declaration of Independence" has a very simple structure. It starts off with a strong introduction, stating its purpose, and proceeds to make justifications for its intention. There is a list of "abuses and usurpations" that contain anaphora and many negative words, such as "unusual, uncomfortable, and distant" and "neglected" (U.S. 1776). Using anaphora helps to strengthen the document's argument by drawing the attention of the reader and informing him or her of the situation. Also, this listing helps to create a simple way of establishing the authors' credibility and it giving the document its logical purpose. The sudden shift from "[h]e has" to "[h]e is" draws the attention of the reader and signifies the urgency of the matter (U.S. 1776). The alteration helps the reader to identify what points he or she should be focusing on and provides the reader with the information on what had happened in the past and what is still taking place. The passionate voice in the document that follows the lis... ... middle of paper ... ...iments and Resolutions" was not as widely accepted as that of the "Declaration on Independence". The document was meant to persuade the U.S. government and the citizens to finally view men and women as people who have the same rights and privileges. These views were very contradictory, and the sex of the majority of the authors did not help the case. The "Declaration of Independence" was more successful, because its goal received wider acceptance and, in the end, was reached; the colonies were able to free themselves of British rule. The "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions", on the other hand, received many negative responses. Works Cited "Declaration of Independence" U.S. 1776 Stanton, Elizabeth C, et al. "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions." 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. Samuel Cohen. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford St. Martin's, 2010. 379-82. Print.
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