Persuasion Declaration Of Independence Rhetorical Analysis

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Persuasion has been used to not change the minds of people, but rather to make them . “Ethos, pathos, and logos are frequently used in the Declaration of Independence,” (Root). Historical figures have used the rhetorical technique of persuasion to change the path that history takes. In the 1770’s, the Declaration of Independence was signed to show that the America’s separated themselves from the Great Britains. “That they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be totally Dissolved,” (pg 115 line 19). In the Declaration of Independence, by Thomas Jefferson, he uses three of the major rhetorical techniques of persuasion such as: pathos, which is the appeal to emotion, logos, the appeal to logic, and ethos, the appeal to ethics. One of the many rhetorical techniques of persuasion in the Declaration of Independence, wrote by Jefferson, is pathos, in order to appeal to the reader's emotion. Jefferson uses pathos in order to gain the reader's attention by their emotional side of the Declaration of Independence. “He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, …show more content…

In just the second paragraph, jefferson writes, “ 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,” (pg. 112, line) Logos is used here to show the reader that they do have rights that the British are taking away from them. “He appeals to the readers reason using a long list of violations of the King and Parliament on the American colony people's rights beginning with,” (Crystal M.). Logos is important here because it shows the colonists that they have something to fight

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