Generally speaking, the appeal to emotion is one of the most powerful rhetorical devices. Jefferson states, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” (Jefferson). Jefferson’s ultimate goal is to elicit emotions from the reader, and to collect them to a collective belief in unity and self-sacrifice. Thomas Jefferson wants to instill in the reader that a free country is something worth fighting for. As stated by Baylor School, the signers are “men who will risk everything to support the rights of man established by God” (Baylor School).
He gradually builds ethos through a logically constructed structure and address the concern of every patriots and everyone who loves freedom. In this speech, Kennedy successfully established the legacy of unifying people around the world to fight for liberty. His inaugural speech no doubt reflects Kennedy administration’s future foreign policies. The positive actions for liberty that Kennedy encourages citizens to do also foreshadows tensions in Cuba and Vietnam later on. Regardless the ideology behind it, this speech is still an eloquent
Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence was greatly influenced by the philosopher John Locke. Locke believed that humans had natural rights, that power comes from the people and all men are equal, and these beliefs can be found in Jefferson’s writings. American’s believe they have certain rights that can’t be taken away from them. The
“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”. Perhaps the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence, written on July 4, 1776. 1776 by David McCullough is about just that: the year 1776, though it does mention events in previous and following years, in American history. McCullough’s purpose for writing the book is very clear: to educate readers about the details of the American Revolutionary War from the view of both sides in and around 1776. McCullough achieves this through mostly logos, but uses ethos and pathos just as well.
Thomas Jefferson, renown scholar and founding father, builds a strong and compelling argument for the independence of America through his use of educated and formal rhetoric. Jefferson attempts to sway both the British King, King George III, and the American people to believe that declaring independence is the best course of action for the success of America in the future. In order to convince the King George III and American colonists Jefferson uses a strong and upstanding tone throughout this document. Jefferson’s first words immediately use ethos to show that he has the moral high ground over the tyrannical English ruler. He begins using such diction as “Laws of Nature” and “Nature’s God” in order to show that, as he will later state,
“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”. This statement by the Founding Fathers is the core disagreement between the 13 Colonies and Great Britain. Throughout this historical document, there are multiple arguments made to get the authors’ point across. The authors’ effectively use logos, ethos, and pathos to contribute to the formation of the concluding argument. Logos is used because the thesis is straight to the point and it is supported throughout the entire document.
Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, is the document in which our founding fathers granted us our independence from England. The multiple parts of the declaration explained the different logic that Jefferson wanted to include. The reason for writing this proclamation was to show Great Britain that the people wanted to become a free country and separate from King George’s rule. Our country’s yearning for independence was so powerful, that it was finally given to us after many years of arguments.
The use of ethos and repetition instills a great sense of togetherness to show that the entire country should stand without division. He also repeats the word "here" throughout the speech to emphasize that this point in time has proven to be a crucial turning point in the Civil War. He uses "here" as a term to define the position of America rather than the physical location. Through repetition, Lincoln is able to create a speech that maintains cohesiveness. The Gettysburg Address has always been one of the most important speeches throughout history.
In the speech “The Gettysburg address” (1863) by Abraham Lincoln, he argues that the U.S. needs to be united, but with the condition that all men should be free since “ all men are created equal” (101). To reinforce his point he refers back to the Declaration of Independence to remind people of the rights that were promised to them. Lincoln’s intention is to inspire hope to people and realize that united they will become a stronger nation. Lincoln constantly is referring to the soldiers that survived and all american citizens in an hopeful and sympathetic tone to encourage the slaves to be strong.
Two outstanding American figures, Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards, greatly influenced American culture during and following the periods of the Great Awakening and the Age of Reason. The Great Awakening was an era of spiritual rejuvenation whereas the Age of Reason, or Enlightenment, was an era of scientific reasoning (Perkins and Perkins, Reason 157). Through the convergence of Edward’s views on spiritual humanity and Franklin’s views on rational humanity, American culture has evolved into a more diverse and progressive society. Inspirational literature was a catalyst in the formation of Jonathan Edwards’ perspectives on the methods of attaining a more fulfilling life. In the beginning, Edwards faced external and internal conflicts
Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine both believed that organized religion is unnecessary to society. While their perspectives on freedom within an organized religion are similar, they had unique opinions on the freedom within religion. First, Franklin and Paine both thought that one’s own reason should be used in place of an organized religion. Franklin believed that religion should be worshipping God with your own standards and not societies. He believes this is more beneficial than practicing it as a community because it is more engaging for the individual.
What makes Benjamin Franklin an American? Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. When one thinks of America, thoughts go back to the revolution, independence and in one way or another; Benjamin Franklin. He was someone who gave so much to the people with his writing and lived by his own advice. His life set a model for those who were looking to build something for themselves.