A Declaration of Freedom

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On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson made history, by writing the Declaration of Independence for those who had been treated as slaves and deserved to be independent. Jefferson writes this document to point out the discontentment and grievances the people have against the ruler of Great Britain. He clearly emphasizes the specific reasons of why the colonies should be independent from any outside influences such as the King of Great Britain. Jefferson- who is well known for his ability in writing- chooses suitable tones in order to convey his message to, as he calls, "the tribunal of the world" (708). Jefferson's purpose in The Declaration of Independence is argumentative / persuasive. His tones are the result of the way he writes that go from solemn to emphatic, and his style of writing goes from vigorous and fluent sentences to concrete and concise diction.

Jefferson begins writing this document with an emphatic tone.

He expresses himself in a passionate way about something that is very important to him and to the people at this time, freedom. His words reflect urgency that should be believed and supported by those to whom he is addressing his message. He believes that every human being has the right to live a happy life not only for his/her own well being but also for the well being of others. He says, "...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" (709). In order to protect these rights, the people should be aware of the way the government directs the country. Jefferson also states in this document, "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or...