Rhetorical Analysis Of Declaration Of Independence

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Declaration of Independence
At some point a country will feel neglected when its mother country is so far away. It feels like it has no true representation and will feel the need to finally be independent and rule themselves. In a letter by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, on behalf of the 13 colonies, the authors use rhetorical appeals to declare to King George III about his neglect towards the 13 colonies.
In the letter, the authors begin by using the ethos appeal toward the audience, which is the King. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams use their moral principles to convince the King, for the 13 colonies to separate from Great Britain. When using the ethos appeal to try and convince the King, the authors govern their behaviors to know what is best for the colonies to do on their own. Not everyone may have agreed with what Jefferson and Adams’ thought, but they thought that having independence is what needed to happen to the colonies.
The rhetorical appeal that is most used during the declaration is the logos
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This meaning that the people of the 13 colonies want to make sure that what they believe is the best thing to do. Declaring its independence from Great Britain seems like it’s the correct thing to do because since the ruler is across the ocean it feels as if there was no ruler present in the colonies. By ending the letter with ethical appeal, the colonist make it clear that they believe in the best thing for the colonies is to separate from Britain.
To conclude, all three rhetorical appeals were used during the Declaration of Independence. The authors had the letter well organized and manage to get their point across. Throughout the letter the people of the 13 colonies were able to list all the problems that they had regarding the choices that the King was making. In the end of all of this, it was up to the King’s decision on whether the 13 colonies were going to be able to separate from Great