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Abstractions in Power-Writing There are many abstractions in the Declaration of Independence. These abstractions such as: rights, freedom, liberty and happiness have become the foundations of American society and have helped to shape the "American Identity." Power, another abstraction that reoccurs in all the major parts of the Declaration of Independence plays an equally important role in shaping "America identity." One forgets the abstraction of power, because it appears in relation to other institutions: the legislature, the King, the earth, and the military. The abstraction of power sets the tone of the Declaration, and shapes the colonists conception of government and society. Power in the Declaration of Independence flows from d Continue...


It shapes t!he document's meaning making it philosophically harsh toward the institution of the King and tempered toward English society. The Oxford English Dictionary defines power as, "the ability to do or effect something or anything, or to act upon a person or thing" (OED 2536). istinct bodies within society such as the King, the legislature, the military, and the colonists. Thr!oughout the ages according to the dictionary the word power has connoted similar meanings. The colonialists adopt this interpretation of power. In the first sentence of the Declaration colonists condemn the King's violation of powers given by god to all men. They see power as a cruel force that has wedded them to a King who has "a history of repeated injuries and usurptions. This definition explains how the power government or social institutions rests in their ability to command people, rocks, colonies to do something they otherwise would not do. The uses of the word power set the tone of the Declaration of Independence. The conflict between these spheres of power the colonists believe, justifies their rebellion. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliographysdafasd. To make the rocks form into a fence. They sought to disperse power among the states and set up a system of counterbalancing branches of government that would prevent any single branch from having too much power. " The framers of the Declaration of Independence also believe powers given by God to the people !must not be usurped.