Thomas Jefferson's declaration in The Declaration of Independence, defines that all men are equal and deserve to live a life of freedom and happiness without suppression; and in case of suppression, then the government needs to be replaced. Thomas Jefferson uses certain appeals to achieve his purpose, which is to inform his intended audiences about the importance of the situations that he is expressing. The author appeals to his audience by using his own personal experience, facts, and rhetorical devices. The author's purpose of The Declaration of Independence was to declare that the American colonies were separated from England, and he appeals to his rhetorical devices by using parallelism, periodic sentences, and anaphora to make both his written and spoken expressions more powerful.
Using parallelism creates a natural connection to the useful device of listing. Parallelism is using similar grammatical forms or sentence patterns to express ideas of equal importance. Parallelism is exemplified in paragraphs 3 through 29. In the declaration, Thomas Jefferson notes:.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation [. . .] He has excited domestic insurrections among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, in an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions. (Jefferson 81-82) He uses different words in his paragraphs such as in paragraph 3, he uses the word "refused- and changes the word "refused- to "forbidden- in paragraph 4. In paragraph 5, he rewrites the word "refused-. Jefferson phrases are repeated in identical or equivalent constructions that he expresses more negative connotations of independence. Jefferson uses this way to get his point to escape being unclear and emphasizes the equal importance of all his complaints.