Thomas Jefferson Rhetorical Analysis

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Rhetoric is the study of how writers and speakers use words to influence an audience. Pathos, Logos, and Ethos are examples of rhetorical devices, where the rhetorician would appeal to an audience to prove a point. In both the Declaration of Independence and The American Crisis #1, the authors use several examples of rhetoric to persuade their audience in the 1700s, to separate themselves from England. Thomas Jefferson’s overall goal with the Declaration, is to officially separate from the English monarchy and he does so by writing an eloquent document stating reasons why separation is best for both nations. Within the first few paragraphs of this document we see the author using a heavy appeal to Logos coupled with anaphora; the effect is hypnotizing. The reader is led to believe that Jefferson’s word is incontestable. By using the term “he” over and over again in reference to the King of England, Jefferson takes away the power that comes with the title, and makes King George seem like a common man trying to be the boss of a growing country. The effect of the use of “he” gets rid of the human side of the person being spoken about and instead makes them seem like an empty shell in place of a person. Every "he has" is coupled with the imagery of a mighty finger of judgment being cast at the King. The diction is so negative and 'obscure' that it does not leave the King any room for argument. The use of “he” was extremely on Jefferson’s part. Even more clever though is his

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