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Forms of Rhetoric in the Declaration of Independence

            The Declaration of Independence is an important document in American history, because without it the United States would not be the nation it is today. The Declaration of independence, written by Thomas Jefferson explains why the leaders of colonial America decided to break away from the British monarchy. Colonial American declared why they should separate from Great Britain. A list of grievances was written by Jefferson to convince readers that breaking away from the British monarchy is the right thing to do. An analysis of Jefferson's writing reveals that his writing is very effective and he uses plenty of rhetorical devices to prove why the colonist should be independent.
             Jefferson's rhetoric and style of writing is essential to convey the message of why the king is unfit to rule. Without this style of writing, Jefferson's argument would be overlooked and not taken as seriously as it is today. For example, Jefferson writes "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security". Jefferson claims that the king has abused his power, but he writes it in a direct and firm way which allows the reader to infer a new nation is needed. The rhetorical devices in the Declaration of Independence are important because it's used to provide respectable ideas in a conclusive manner that allows the reader to be persuaded. Jefferson did not only want to persuade colonist in his own country but others in Europe as well, so America can become an example on how to gain independence. The ability to persuade and convince the colonist to revolt with logic is Jefferson's most valuable writing skill, but Jefferson did not only convince Americans, he convinced France to send them aid in the war for independence against Britain.

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