The Declaration Of Independence By Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson, in his well-known Declaration of Independence, conveys his message through belletristic devices. He employs imagery, language, diction, and syntax in an organized and straightforward manner, which gets the audience intrigued. Jefferson’s tone is formal and adamant and his purpose is to convince the colonist that loyalty to Britain is futile, and that help from other nations is needed. Jefferson, in The Declaration of Independence furthers his purpose by adequately employing ethos, logos, and pathos. Logos is used throughout this piece, which provides facts of cause and effect and logical reasons and explanations of the actions that needed to be taken because Great Britain’s autocrat comportment. Specifically, Jefferson states “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.” (770). He applies deductive reasoning in this quote by moving from the general to the specific. Great Britain breaches the Government’s rules, therefore, it is the Colonists’ duty to impose them in order to eradicate what is creating the nuisance, it is the people’s job to annihilate their opponents and to bring a new power to protect the Colonies. On the other hand, the People fear for their lives since they know that revenge is coming if they dare to challenge the
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