Analysis Of Thomas Paine's Views Of Freedom In America

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America has always viewed itself as a land of opportunity, a place to be free to do what one pleases and a location full of resources to make one’s life their own through effort. Benjamin Franklin is among the men most remember when thinking of the potential for greatness in America no matter where one starts, as his “Autobiography” describe his rise from a worker to a herald of a nation, through his own hard work. Thomas Paine also contributed to the views of American Freedom with his publication of “Common Sense,” as he drove the common people to rise for freedom and independence. Ralph Emerson is an interesting note to focus upon, for he gave America an attitude towards helping others which does not attune to his own thoughts in “Self-Reliance.” Franklin used his life as an example for how anyone could be great with humble beginnings, using his fame to spread the message with his autobiography. Paine worked to solidify the idea of freedom in America, from Britain and others. Emerson gave the opposite of his intention, as America seems to be full of those who wish to help those they have not met rather than keep donations to themselves. American society has several basic attitudes and concepts behind how all act, but three important ones to take not of are the idea that anyone can do what they wish if they work hard, how America is…show more content…
Paine’s message was about how America was no longer in a helpful relationship with Britain, and argued for independence as a society from them. He writes, “I challenge the warmest advocate for reconciliation to show a single advantage that this continent can reap by being connected with Great Britain” (Paine 644). Paine is writing to provoke reaction, to make the people rise up and declare their freedoms, or rather, to see their freedom for what it truly is and claim true freedom before Britain takes it
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