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The Declaration of Independence

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Will Blocker

on 6 May 2014

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Transcript of The Declaration of Independence

Appeals to Ethos
When writing The Declaration of Independence , many appeals to ethos , or credibility were presented to the king on the grounds of establishing credibility and reasons.
The 29 part Indictment states the many claims and reasons for the establishment of credibility among the drafting of the document.
These reasons include : forbidding Governors to pass laws , imposing taxes without their consent , and quartering large bodies of troops in colonial private property.
Appeals to Logos
Thomas Jefferson makes several appeals to logos or logic when drafting The Declaration of Independence .
Jefferson's belief in the aspects of natural law played a huge influence on the reasoning behind The Declaration of Independence .
The Declaration of Independence's Preamble is a significant appeal to logos on the grounds of egalitarianism and natural law.
His many appeals to logic set the basis for why he believes the thirteen colonies need to secede from Great Britain.

Appeals to Pathos
Thomas Jefferson and the drafters of The Declaration of Independence made several appeals to emotion , or pathos when writing the document.
Many of his emotional appeals are to call for a sense of empathy from the crown and to set up a sense of severe discontent and frustration with the king's tyranny towards the colonies.
Many of these appeals are persuasive in trying to gain an emotional edge over the audience , however, they are not effective at changing the king's actions.
The Declaration of Independence was very persuasive on the grounds of providing logos , appealing to ethos and establishing ethos.
These three appeals were used very persuasively in order to try and get king to try and treat the colonies with more sovereignty .
This document overtly expresses the dissatisfaction with King George III and is very proactive about explaining what changes must occur .
The Declaration of Independence is persuasive , however, not effective when pertaining to the power and point of view of the king.
The king would have clearly saw this as a threat of secession rather than a want of sovereignty.
The king , for this reason , obviously wanted to quail this usurpation by trying to act in accordance with taking back the mother countries colonies.
The Preamble
"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."
-Thomas Jefferson , The Declaration of Independence

The Preamble is a clear appeal to logos.

The End.

The Declaration of Independence
By Will Blocker

Cited Sources
Jefferson , Thomas. "The Declaration of Independence."
Language Matters.
By UCCS Writing Program.3rd ed. Southlake, Texas: Fountain Head, 2010. 247-50. Print.
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