"Give Me Seven Years"

analytical Essay
773 words
773 words

Thomas Paine returned to Europe from his time in America as a revolutionist. He had changed the minds of thousands of Americans in the way they thought about their revolution. Many of them did not know what they were fighting for. Paine put true hatred for the king of England in the minds of Americans and gave them new meaning to the war they were fighting, both on the home front and on the battleground. Paine saw it all when he was in America. His character in Howard Fast’s Citizen Tom Paine, explains his involvement on the battleground and the motive Common Sense had on the people. On page 115, Fast explains the rise of Paine thanks to his little book, saying, “He was no longer Tom Paine; suddenly, he had become Common Sense. He had written a little book, a hope or suggestion; he was a stranger in a tidewater colony that had defied the world. He was a nobody, yet out of that he became everybody.” This quote shows the rise of Paine to popularity in America. After Common Sense, everyone expected Paine to come through again in Europe. On page 198 of Citizen Tom Paine, Paine explains: “We won a constitution and we won a democratic state legislature, and then, loyal to the confederation, we sent our men by the thousands to fight with General Washington. I saw that myself.” Paine knew he had accomplished so much in America, but when he returned to England, now much older, he didn’t know if he’d be able to bring the same amount of energy into the European revolutions, such as the French Revolution, for he was older, and the European revolutions were remarkably different than the one in America. When Thomas Paine arrived in England, he wrote Rights of Man, which was a liberal attack on Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in ... ... middle of paper ... .... In conclusion, the real reason Paine couldn’t make such as big influence on the French Revolution as he did the one in America was because it was vastly different. In France, the revolution had already begun and the people knew exactly what they were fighting against, the absolute monarchs. In America, Paine’s path was much clearer. Paine knew people were not too happy about high taxes from the king, but he knew they didn’t quite know what was going on, so he wrote Common Sense to enhance American citizens’ hatred for the king, and drive them to revolt. It seemed to be that age didn’t make any difference in Paine’s involvement in the French Revolution, because his main weapon was writing, and he could still do that when he was in France. It was just a matter of the vast differences between the two revolutions, something Citizen Tom Paine could do nothing about.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how thomas paine changed the minds of thousands of americans and gave them new meaning to the war they were fighting.
  • Analyzes how thomas paine wrote rights of man, which was a liberal attack on edmund burke's reflections on the revolution in france.
  • Analyzes how howard fast's citizen tom paine explains how he intended to write a common sense for every country in europe, but his intentions didn't work out.
  • Concludes that the real reason why paine couldn't make such a big influence on the french revolution as he did in america was because it was vastly different.
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