Declaration of Independence Rhetoric Strategies
The Declaration of Independence was a document enacted in order for the thirteen colonies to emancipate from under Britain’s control. In it they speak to the king himself, the citizens of the thirteen colonies, and any other major audiences who are attentive to what circumstances have developed. The argument that is created by the newly sovereign people is supported by ethos, pathos, and logos, and is reinforced with the use of anaphora and parallelism together they all make a progressive structure that leads to their declaration of independence. Making this a strongly justifying Document The introduction to the Declaration of independence is the (ethos), the representation of the standing that the thirteen colonies and their people have developed. They believe that “In the course of human events” it is necessary for those that want to separate politically to state their reason for separation. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (pathos) The emotional effect of this quote is what sways and makes the reader feel the acquired (empowerment) independence felt by the writers. After establishing a set emotion towards the rights that they are being deprived of, the writers of the document advance their argument (logos), “-Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former System of Government,…” To them the result of constant abuse is evident, it is “their right, it is their duty” to abolish a despotic government. Although the new values transmitted by the Declaration are what seem to be the main focus in reality the strength of the document comes from the list of “repeated injuries” that the King of Great Britain has caused them....
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