All For One And One For All

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The "Declaration of Independence" was authenticated on July 4, 1776, and, within a short span of time, fifty-six men signed the document. The "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" was written in 1848, over seventy years later. It was almost a mirror image of its predecessor, as Stanton et al strategically used the outline of the previous document to establish credibility and make her argument stronger by referencing the "Declaration of Independence" which was so widely known and accepted. Both of these documents were written very skillfully, containing a very strong use of language and almost identical structures, and greatly impacted the people they pertained to, but the "Declaration ...view middle of the document...

Passion grabs the attention of the reader more readily than if something were stated as plain old facts. It reaches out to the audience and absorbs it with its power and inconceivable force. This surge of emotion then follows through into the conclusion. It clearly and directly states the ultimatum it intends to fulfill.
The conclusion is in a way restating the goals of the document and emphasizes the importance of what it aims to do. This conclusion is directed not just at the British, but also the rest of the world, informing it of the intentions of the colonies. These intentions are presented in a list, ranging from "absolv[ing] from all Allegiance to the British Crown" to "hav[ing] full Power" (U.S. 1776). The list progresses in a specific manner, starting with what the colonies must do first and moving on to the following goals that can only be reached if the preceding one is accomplished. The final touch that really strengthens the "Declaration of Independence" is the signatures that follow the conclusion of the document, giving the argument its credibility.
The "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" is only slightly different from the "Declaration of Independence," and the structural pattern that it follows makes it almost as powerful as its "parent". The minor changes that occur in this document emphasize some of the points that were missed by the "Declaration of Independence". Its introduction is almost the same, save for the addition of a few significant words, "and women" between "all men" and "are created equal", and the replacement of some words (Stanton et al 379). The list that is provided in this document is also different, but follows the same outline, because it contains anaphora. Furthermore, the authors followed a similar procedure of inserting a different form of the grievances. Stanton et al places the words "he has" after an explanation that supports the claim (380-81). This draws the attention of the...

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