Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Boldest Writing of All Time

The Declaration of Independence is one of the boldest writings of all time. Written to the King of Great Britain, this letter makes a firm stance on the beliefs of America’s fore fathers. In this declaration to the most powerful country of the 18th century, there are a few themes and points the writer, as well as the signers, give.
The first theme this essay gives is their right. Not just their right as countrymen, but their right as a human being. “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of People to alter or to abolish it.” Their RIGHT to abolish and break from an oppressive government is the first stance this essay takes.
The second point these fore fathers bring up is the abuse they have suffered with the King. Notice here how they singled out the king, not the government as a whole. I could only imagine the look on his face when he read this letter! Sentence after sentence and paragraph after paragraph, they continue to list all the offenses he has made toward them.
Both final and critical is this last theme in this declaration. Here they officially declare themselves apart from Britain and now the “Representatives of the United States of America.” The men knew the grave danger and trouble they would be in for such a position as this by declaring that they would pledge each others’ lives for one another. This is one of the boldest if not they boldest writing of all time.


  1. I am sure it took much discussion and thought before they were able to secede from England. My favorite line in the Declaration is "We must therefore acquisce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends." This all definitely makes you think about the "land of the free and the home of the brave".

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more. Before the Declaration of Independence was created the Americans merely wanted to reconcile with Great Brittan. To openly declare war against the most powerful nation at the time was very much so, a bold move and in the end it worked out for the Americans very well.

  3. Agreed. That was a huge decision for them to make. It was considered treason against Great Britian to declare themselves free of a country that established them in the colonies.