13 February 2018
In the Declaration of Indepencence, Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States Founding Fathers, explains to his audience why the colonies are choosing to end the political connection with Britain. Jefferson informs his readers that Britain has failed to stick to its responsibilities to its colonists. His second goal is to justify their actions by explaining why the actions were necessary. Jefferson is able to clearly get his message accross by using a variation of diffrent rhetorical devices, which include ethos, pathos, logos, as well as diction, personification, formal language, syntax, and repetition. With these techniques he was able to appeal his audience to their emotions, ethics, and logics, helping prove his point.
Jefferson uses a very formal and professional tone in his wording, but he also conveys an enraged tone all at the same time. In his writing he shows his intelligence with the wide range of vocabulary. Jefferson uses decriptive language to show that he is serious about what he is talking about, he doesnt just tell us that King George is a tyrant and we want independence. He uses phrases like this, “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolut tyranny over these states,” to show that he is angered by the Kings actions, while he is still showing self control.