What would be a good introductory paragraph hook for the following prompt?Compare the literary style of The Declaration of Independence with The Constitution of the United States. Explain why each...

What would be a good introductory paragraph hook for the following prompt?

Compare the literary style of The Declaration of Independence with The Constitution of the United States. Explain why each was written in the style it was, how the authors wanted to affect their readers, and whether or not they were effective. 

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Two entirely different documents in terms of intent, The Declaration of Independence, composed by Thomas Jefferson is a rhetorical work that argues for the separation of the Colonies from the oppression of England. On the other hand, The Constitution of the United States is a document written after the creation of the United States and stands as the foundation of the nation's governing powers. In contrast to The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution was composed by many men, and stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise, an objective document created to set the parameters and basic principles of the newly formed government of the U.S.

Therefore, in writing an introductory paragraph to an essay that compares and contrasts these two significant documents, the student will want to point to the differences in style, while at the same time noting the necessity of both argument and compromise.  For, Thomas Jefferson's composition of The Declaration of Independence is a rhetorical argument that effects the creation of the United States. So, after this creation of the U.S., the need for the Constitution arose.

Therefore, an effective hook will include commentary upon the import of the two documents. In a sense, Jefferson is the architect and the writers of the Constitution are the builders who put the design into a practical document. Perhaps, then, the writer can create a sentence that includes these two metaphoric concepts as part of the "hook."

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