How does the choice of words in the Declaration of Independence appeal to the people? The Declaration of Independence was created to explain to foreign nations why colonists had chosen to separate themselves from Great Britain. Not only did it focus on colonists, it stressed on how British rule was. The use of diction and strong connotative value is used to generate a rational and inspirational tone and invoke a feeling of simply being human within the reader. The document uses logic as well as an influential choice of words to persuade the people. In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson made his position clear by supporting colonists and laying out the British rule by using a strong sense of persuasive appeals and diction.
The authors use of logic set forth the philosophical beliefs upon which America was created. “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.” The people created the government to protect them, therefore they have the right to remove it. Jefferson believed that the aspects of the natural law lead to the whole reasoning of the document.
“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new form of Government.” Using logical reasoning to put out there that if a government is destructive the people can overthrow it makes it clear that these are god given rights and should never be taken away. He is using strong use of logic to engage the reader to know that they have the rights to control and protect themselves. Jefferson’s use of affirmative words towards the colonists sets forth the reason why colonists should come together against the rule of the British. “Such has been the patient sufferance of the colonies, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
” The people have to overcome this rule of the British and seek their own way of ruling their lives. The terminology such as necessity has a very heavy weight in this piece because it makes the colonists who have no choice but to break away. Words like “patient sufferance” displays the grief and sorrowness of the colonists. The overall inspirational tone of the document appeals to the reader and the colonists because it crafts an argument against the British.
On the contrary, the use of words toward the British have a deep meaning to explain the “tyranny over these states”. In general the king has failed to support his colonies. The document lists a series of facts against the rule of Britain. “He has refused his Assent laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.” In this case, Jefferson is putting out all the harsh things of British rule. He wants to aware the colonists that they need to act soon to rid themselves from the British. His use of negative connotation bring about the tensions between the colonists.
The “tyranny” put by the king reflects the colonists beliefs that their rights as British people have slowly been taken away. The list of usurpations covers the history of the king and the suppression brought over the colonists. To conclude, this persuasive document shows the limitations of rights on the colonists by the oppressive rule of the British. Throughout the document, Jefferson uses logic and strong diction toward the British and the colonies which brings upon the real surface of tensions that were underlying the colonists. The list of harsh acts in the document were intended to tighten control over the colonies. A series of acts were passed for further grip and the people had revolted and created tension between themselves. Colonists had no choice but to gain their own independence.
The document is very straightforward and clear that colonies have the right to be independant and the political tensions between the United States the Britain is all dissolved.