Document Analysis Of Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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Rachel Hiller Professor Epps American Nations I 21 October 2014 Document Analysis Throughout Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, he described the necessity of an American independence from England. By using “simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense,” Paine depicted the ever-growing list of offenses committed by the British against the colonists, providing much evidence that the damage done by England was irreparable, and could be rectified only through the separation of America from England (Paine, 1). Throughout the pamphlet, Paine listed the many grievances and uses them to show his audience that while “reconciliation [with England is] like an agreeable dream,” the severe damage done by England had already deeply affected the colonists to …show more content…

The Tea Acts passed in 1773 and the Coercive Acts of 1774, did not help the already dismal relations between England and the colonies (Roark, 150-151). Already suffering under the hand of their “mother country,” several colonists in the elite class were ready to take the plunge for independence at the time Common Sense was written, (Paine, 1). Paine’s pamphlet, however, was significant because it was not geared only toward the upper class, but instead was accessible to colonists in any class, Common Sense was able to unite men like farmers and artisans to doctors and lawyers under one cause: political liberty from England. Paine uses arguments from Loyalists as well as those who are still undecided as to whether America should attempt to remove themselves from Britain. With these arguments, he was able to subdue the colonist’s fears regarding independence as well as show them the advantages of America being its own ruler. For instance, many who were worried about America’s economy crumbling after their separation from England were assured that “the

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