The Declaration of Independence
Sharon Son, Daniel Yong, Adam Nguyen, and Kelly Luo
Story Truth (Sharon Son)
By examining John Trumbull’s artwork, the viewer is able to sense the different emotions being formed through the different perspectives of the people painted.The light plays a major role in emphasizing the congregation of the 42 people out of 56 who signed the Declaration. Playing with the direction of the light towards the 42 people allows for John Hancock to oversee the representatives, as they are reacting to the decisions being made by John Hancock. John Hancock, the man known for having the largest signature in the Declaration of Independence, sits at the very front of the room with a somewhat nonchalant expression, and Thomas Jefferson stands before John Hancock in a tall and collected expression. His facial expression marks the importance of the signing of the Declaration emphasized by his brows, closed mouth, and hands brought up to Hancock in an upfront manner. In the persona of John Hancock, his role in the signing of the draft marks a lesser importance than that of the other delegates due to the fact that he is not depicted facing towards whoever may be analyzing this painting. Contrary to John Hancock’s point of view, the light and usage of chiaroscuro lets the viewer of the painting perceive the congregation of 42 people with greater value than how the viewer may perceive John Hancock. The emphasis of light onto the group of representatives may be John Trumbull’s intent in order to let the viewer know that such great amount of people contributing to the drafting of the Declaration showed their longing and determination for a change in equality between the British king and colonists.
Happening Truth (Daniel yong)
Critique of the Painting (kelly luo)
Identity of the Author: John Trumbull (Adam Nguyen)
War Story based on O'Brien's Excerpt
Everybody knows that the colonist longed for change; however, the colonists’ rage just erupted right before the war had occurred. Even with the establishment of the Declaration of Independence, the colonists felt as though the King did not take into account of the document we signed. During the signing, each and every one of the representatives of the colonies held a firm belief in what they were signing and that they must find a solution for war if the grievances were not taken into regards by the King. War was the only option but in war, there is no moral or no thought process that goes through with it. There is no good meaning behind the initial start of the war unless you dig up a deeper meaning.When declaration for war was made, the colonists didn’t anticipate long sleepless nights and never ending tiredness. However, at this point they did not expect anything more than the permanent liberty of their colony. A typical war story is true in that it is difficult to decipher between what happened from what seemed to happen. People tend to not focus on the details of every single Patriot ending their lives on the war field, but they tend to understand the generalized idea that British America did, indeed, achieve its desire from freeing away from the mother country. In this war story, we do not draw attention to the details of the fires shot, but the unique memory and legacy that brought us to America’s independence.