By the end The Declaration, how has the tone shifted, and what rhetorical devices does Jefferson use?

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The Declaration of Independence has a very clear structure. It begins with a statement of purpose, and continues into an invocation of "unalienable rights" and makes an argument for only justifiable purpose for government, to protect the rights of its people. Having established this, it proceeds to argue that when governments do not fulfill this purpose, their people have the right to "alter or abolish" them. The document then proceeds to a long list of "repeated injuries and usurpations" that, the Declaration claims, entitle the American colonists to declare their independence. This list represents the bulk of the document, and includes its most strident language, particularly at the end of this section, when it evokes the highly provocative and racialized tropes of "merciless Indian savages" and "domestic insurrections" by enslaved people.

In the document's final three paragraphs, the signers claim that they have patiently petitioned for redress of these grievances, and that the King...

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