Critical Essay Question: Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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HIST 105: Essay Question: Thomas Paine's Common Sense Common Sense was a pivotal piece of writing by Thomas Paine that consequentially resulted in many a people aligning their political ideologies together in favor of complete autonomy from the British rule. Paine through his short pamphlet written in clear prose was able to appeal to a broad array of people on the issues of government structure, monarchy and its flaws, the current state of America and its ability to govern itself. Paine's pamphlet possessed mass appeal because by being able to break complex philosophies into relatively simple terms he successfully attracted the common people, and infused a revolutionary rhetoric with a democratic strain. Through his pamphlet he was able to bring the rising revolutionary sentiment into sharp focus by tactfully and rightly placing blame for the suffering of the colonies directly onto the reigning British monarchy thereby paving the path for the imminent revolution. …show more content…

Paine instigated the populous to not be complacent and be actively in charge of their own future. Paine sums up very well how "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." He urged people to realize how the British had historically unfairly taxed them for example the Stamp Act, and would continue to do so if they were to not take a less complacent attitude towards it. He preempted the populous about the self centered monarchy which would continue to exploit them by saying, "To say, they will never attempt it again is idle and visionary, we thought so at the repeal of the stamp-act, yet a year or two undeceived

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