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Copy of Style Analysis - Declaration of Independence

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David Balyko

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Transcript of Copy of Style Analysis - Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence In the first sentence of the declaration, the writers compare and fit their revolution in the course of human history, appealing to the ethos when they say "The course of human events".
This shows the importance that Jefferson and the people he is writing for give to this event, as well as how crucial this declaration is for them.

SYNTAX Punctuation ETHOS The declaration of Independence
demonstrates a specific pattern in punctuation adding to a very rational tone. An extensive am-
ount of commas are used, and
sentences tend to be longer. An
example would be... "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; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to instutute new government..." In the first sentence of the second paragraph, the parallel structure and repetition of "that" enables the writers to enunciate their point with great clarity.

Paragraphs 3-18 begin with the word "he," showing
strong emotions toward "he," who happens to be
the king of Great Britain. The way the
word "for" is overused helps blame the
king of Great Britain for all of
the negative outcomes he
has caused, such as
"taking away our
charters" and
legislatures" PATHOS
Thomas Jefferson uses pathos to relate to his audience. By mentioning all men having equal rights, and using phrases such as, "they are endowded by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness," to unite everyone, the
tone of this document appeals to a majority
of people. Thomas Jefferson uses direct and extremely strong word choices when it comes to the British King, he uses words like "abuses and unsurpations" "absolute Tyranny" "dissolved" "refused" "neglected" "harassed". All of these creating sharp diction and tone.

Imagery A perfect example of imagery
is, "He has plundered our seas, ravaged out coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people." His language gives a clear description of what has been done. LOGOS ATTITUDE / TONE LITERARY ELEMENTS ORGANIZATION Thomas Jefferson uses a type
of cause and effect while using some
sort of listing style to organize the Declaration
of Independence. He starts out by saying that the people deserve more than what they have now Jefferson then proceeds to list all of the things that the "King of Great Britan" has done wrong (the cause). Then, concludes his passage by stating all of the things that they are going to do, (the effect) whether the King likes it or not. Throughout this piece, Thomas Jefferson appeals to the logos using deductive and inductive reasoning.

He uses deductive reasoning (because of THIS, and if THIS is true, then THAT will be done) when he says "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalianable rights..." and when he states " But when a long train of abuses and unsupations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is thei duty, to throw off such Government...."

Jefferson also uses inductive reasoning (through repetition or patterns, one can infer that something will happen), when he proceeds to list all of the things that the "British crown" has done, all starting with "He has" or "For." Thomas Jefferson's tone can be charact-
erized as defiant. Jefferson accuses the
king of Great Britain of many different
"injuries," such as , "He has obstructed the
Administration of Justice" and "He has
affected to render the Military inde-
pendent of and superior to the Civil power."
The Declaration of Independence's
tone can also be seen as
idealistic, specifically in the
beginning of the document.
For Jefferson, as well as the
Founding Fathers, have
many hopes in establishing
the United States of
America. The Declaration of Independence is set "In Congress, July 4, 1776" when it was accepted by the Congress of the United States of America.

It's overall theme and purpose is to declare their independence from Great Britain while making clear that they deserve better than what they have, concluding that each man has his own "unalienable Rights".

The point of view of this document is of a group of men (representing many more) in a search for justice and independence. A search for individuality and
prosperity, and a document with very clear
reasons as to why and how.

Thomas Jefferson uses persuasion in order to get his message of independence across. The usage of the word 'necessary' makes it evident that Jefferson sees the wrongdoing of the king of Britain as a very important issue. Jefferson also makes very blunt and straightforward statements. For example, his way of explaining what needs to be done: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." TYPE OF WRITING These words also add a very powerful, and emotional feeling, dealing with tone. The introduction for the Declaration of Independece is a single sentence. Beside it being very extensive in length, it is very
vague in meaning. It does not give a clear explanation about what the article is truly about until further on. by Thomas Jefferson Prezi by Tatiana Cardenas and Andrea Cordova Introduction Strategies By describing the American people as, "one people" and the British as "another," Thomas Jefferson implies that two alien people cannot be made into one. This also reinforces the notion that breaking the "political bands" with England is a necessary step in the course of human events.
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