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Kayla Godon Grummon APLAC 4 6 September 2013 AP Jefferson Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, creates this declaration to demand freedom and independence from British tyranny and control. Jefferson’s sharp and embittered tone toward the British is officially published on July 4, 1776. He writes this piece of literature with a deductive syntax, diction, metonymy, chiasmus, and many more tools to explain to the British government why the colonies are demanding to part company, and hoping to create their own country.
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The Declaration of Independence begins with an introduction that states “all men re created equal” and the government is supposed to secure the “natural rights” of its people. However, Britain has not been organizing the government to make the colonies successful; the colonies feel that the British King is negatively effecting the “safety and happiness” of the people. The document goes on, and generally explains why Jefferson feels it is necessary to break away from Britain, and states that the people have the ability to “throw off such Government”.
Jefferson’s deductive syntax moves from general to specific; immediately going into detailed facts and instances f how the British King wronged and enraged the colonies, such as “imposing taxes” or “cutting off trade”. Jefferson uses a sharp and serious tone when he begins to talk about the British and how “abolishing valuable rights” is one of many reasons the colonies no longer want a “British Crown”.
Jefferson uses the “British Crown” as a metonymy, explaining to the British that the colonies are not accepting and are fearful of the dictation of a king for a ruler. As the document continues, Jefferson seems to become more outspoken and irritated; he even recalls a time when the King sent “swarms [of officers] to harass our people”. His choice of diction shows that the officers have been annoying and bothering the colonies, like a “swarm” of bees would.
These officers were sent by the King when new offices were elected. After Jefferson gets through all of the poor choices the King made with the military, government, and legislatures, he begins to show the separation of the people from the British country when he says that the people will being to “fall themselves by their hands”. This synecdoche reveals a realistic tone, and Jefferson is aware that the people will begin to fall apart all on their own.
Although Jefferson continues to expose he mistakes and “repeated injuries and usurpations” of Britain, he eventually softens his tone and uses a respectful manner to tell Britain that the colonies would appreciate their independence, but would also like to remain on good terms. “Enemies in war, peace in friends” is a chiasmus term Jefferson uses to humbly offer the peace and friendship of the “Free Country’. The Declaration of Independence successfully claimed independence and freedom from the British King. Jefferson’s logical reasoning, and wise choice of deductive syntax, diction, metonymy, and chiasmus helped free the colonies from the