The most obvious rhetorical device used in the Declaration is repetition. In enumerating the wrongs perpetrated by the King against the colonies, Jefferson begins each sentence with "he has." In my view, this section, in which the grievances against the King are listed one by one, is the least important part of the document. What continues to matter most and to retain its power up to the present day is the series of general principles Jefferson enunciates, which apply to much more than the dispute between the colonies and the British Crown. Additionally, Adams, Franklin, and Congress as a whole contributed to the opening and closing passages, which best exemplify this universal message.
There are numerous, striking references to Nature, God, and "Nature's God." Jefferson and the others also link man to God and Nature repeatedly, as in the best-known sentence in the Declaration:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator...
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