The Declaration of Independence

analytical Essay
702 words
702 words

The Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence for the American colonists to proclaim freedom from Great Britain's oppressor, King George III. American colonists had been suffering for many years when this important document was drafted. King George III had pushed the colonists into a state of tyranny and most decided it was time to start an independent nation under a different type of government. Jefferson focused his piece toward many audiences. He wanted not only King George III and the British Parliament to know the American's feelings, but also the entire world. The time had come for an immense change amongst the American colonists and Jefferson made sure everyone was aware of it by using his superior strategies of persuasion. The Declaration of Independence is focused for the most part toward King George III and the British Parliament. Jefferson wanted them to understand the reasoning behind the American's decision of independence. From paragraphs 6-32 he lists all the acts of tyranny that King George III forced upon the Americans. The list is longer than all the other parts of the document put together. It demonstrates how much emphasis Jefferson placed on providing reasons. But, this list is not only directed at Jefferson, it is a reminder to all Americans and the whole world of what disturbing times have been overcome in the past. Jefferson used two main strategies in convincing his audience. First, as I have already mentioned, he uses factual evidence to support his claim. The list of cruel acts is his factual evidence. The amount of details that make up this list shows how much importance Jefferson placed on factual evidence as support. If he had used fewer facts here, the document might not have fully explained why the Americans demanded independence. Second, Jefferson exercised appeal to values in supporting his argument. He wanted others to feel the pain and suffering that has haunted the Americans and share similar morals. In paragraph five he says, "Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies" (17). Here he tries to evoke the sense of feeling. He assumes the reader will feel this pain and agree that King George III is wrong for his actions. He then goes on to say, "The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of injuries and unsurpations, all having in direct object the exact establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States" (17).

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that thomas jefferson wrote the declaration of independence for the american colonists to proclaim freedom from great britain's oppressor, king george iii.
  • Analyzes how the declaration of independence is focused on king george iii and the british parliament. jefferson wanted them to understand the reasoning behind the american's decision of independence.
  • Analyzes how jefferson used factual evidence to support his argument. he wanted others to feel the pain and suffering that haunted the americans and share similar morals.
  • Analyzes how jefferson explains the need for separation between great britain and the american territory in the declaration of independence.
  • Concludes that the declaration of independence is an important document in the history of the united states. jefferson persuaded humanity that it was time for the american colonists to prevail against great britain.
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