America 's Declaration Of Independence

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America’s Declaration of Independence has profoundly affected the foundation of the United States more than any other event or document in American history. The Declaration of Independence was and still is the basis for what the country is established on. July 4th of 1776, Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States was chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence. His purpose was to persuade the colonists of the thirteen colonies to break away from England. The document reports and emphasizes on the reasons as to why the colonists should declare their independence. Thomas Jefferson expresses that the way the people of the thirteen colonies are being treated unfairly is not the way they should be treated (Jefferson 770). Thomas Jefferson uses a variety of tactics to strategically persuade his audience. He first claims how unfair and irrational the King is acting (Jefferson 770-773). He then uses vivid language to describe the outbursts of the King and parliament (Jefferson 771-772). Jefferson concludes by providing the people with a sense of security and safety. Thomas Jefferson wrote a clear and persuasive argument to persuade the colonists to break away from England using appeals and stylistic devices. Thomas Jefferson creates logical appeal throughout his document with his tactical use of strong claims and evidence to back up his point and encourage the colonists to secede from England. In the beginning, Jefferson claims the fundamental beliefs and goes on to explain that the government is to protect the rights of the people; when the government fails to do so the people have the ability to modify it (Jefferson 770). He then discusses how the British government has taken the rights of the colonists ... ... middle of paper ... ...and evidence he proposed did support him. He developed pathos by using strong descriptive diction that allowed the audience to clearly relate and connect with him on a personal level. With the use of ethos, he was able to show that he was knowledgeable in what he was claiming and created a sense of security and safety. Lastly, with the use of stylistic devices Jefferson provides the audience a more enjoyable manuscript. Prior to reading and analyzing the Declaration of independence, I did believe it had a major impact towards the United States government currently. Even though I did believe it has a major impact, I was able to learn a remarkable amount of new information throughout the document. Because Thomas Jefferson used appeals and stylistic devices to develop her argument, it allowed me to fully understand and connect more with the history of the United states.
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