10/01/12: Declaration of Independence

Diction: Jefferson capitalizes words in relation to a tyrannical government and the rights of the people. These words include: Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, Safety, Facts, Form of Government, and Laws of Nature. The purpose may be to generate ideas that create a formal mood to the document.

Imagery: There is no obvious imagery in the writing. It is simply a document that lists the reasons and complaints against the King of Great Britain. The piece was meant to be direct, not vivid.

Details: The second half of the document is a list of grievances to why colonies are absolving, such as how English subjects were denied their unalienable rights from a King who is thousands of miles away.

Language: The language is proper and concise. Jefferson’s tone can be categorized as a serious mentality against the aggressive treatment upon them by Great Britain.

Syntax: Excessive repetition is present in the second half of the document with the grievances. Specifically, Jefferson repeats, “He has…” as if the King of Great Britain is the only person who is responsible for the misery of the colonies.


Ethos: Jefferson provides common ground with the rest of his fellow countrymen through his credibility by providing significant facts, such as how extreme taxes were imposed on the colonists.

Pathos: Jefferson uplifts moral and appeals to the sensibility of the colonists by ultimately declaring the United States of America are Free and Independent States.

Logos: The first half of the document states the common purpose behind an efficient government and a great leader (to secure the rights and property of their people), none of which compares with Great Britain and its King.


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