Crisis No. 1
“These are the times that try men’s soul”(pg. 108). Most people today in America are clueless as to where this quote is from but Colonists from the revolution used this speech as motivation to gain independence from Great Britain, The quote was the opening statement to Thomas Paine’s Crisis No. 1. During the colonial time period America was starting to get angered for the taxes imposed on them by the military giant Great Britain. Writers in this time period used text to convey their motives and to persuade people to join the cause for the fight against Britain to become a fully independent nation.
The eighteenth century, a time of turmoil and chaos in the colonies, brought many opinionated writers to the forefront in support or refutation of the coming American Revolution. This highly controversial war that would ultimately separate the future United States of America from Great Britain became the center of debate. Two writers, both of whom supported the Revolution, now stand to fully illuminate one side of the debate. Thomas Paine, a radical propagandist, wrote many pieces during this time including “The Crisis Number 1” (1776). Through writing, he appealed to the “common man” in order to convince them to gather their arms and fight for their freedom. In this document, he utilizes many of the same rhetorical skills and propaganda techniques as Patrick Henry, a convincing orator, did in his famous speech delivered to the state’s delegates in 1775. Among these techniques are transfer, abstract language, and pathos. In both works, these were used to call the audiences to war. These influential pieces both contained a call to action which, through the use of strong and decisive language, aided the beginning of the American Revolution.
By describing a gloomy and depressing scene, Paine warns readers that they need to fight in order to avoid this scenario for themselves and for future generations. While writing his essay, Paine noticed that any people were not enthusiastic for the rebel cause. They believed that the British will not harm them if they did not fight. As a result, Paine argued that even though the British will not physically kill them, they would still lose their freedoms. Paine wrote, “By cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils-a ravaged country-[…] slavery without hope-our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for whose fathers we shall doubt of” (29-20). Paine used pathos and an appeal to fear in order to stir up contempt and anger in people, enabling them to fight for freedom. He began his quote by using the phrase “a variety of evils” to describe the choice of cowardice as the worst choice someone could make. Out of all the choices, Paine noted that submission can bring drastic consequences for the person and his or her country. He described these consequences by using various examples, including “slavery” and “bawdy houses for Hessians.” Paine writes these descriptions in order to stir fear and anger in people. He wanted people to understand that living in this scenario will bring harm to them and their
People of this time we're very emotional, family members are dying from war and the British are try to take over their land. Paine puts in our mind the British are like thieves coming into our home killing our wives and children. We’d fight the thief off but we won’t stand up against the British. And this is why Paine uses his pathos to make us feel.
Paine writes against the lucrative business of war, yet his entire reason for writing not only this book but also Common Sense is to encourage the people of certain nations to rise up and if necessary start a war if not a civil war. He fails to accept the consequences or think his urging of revolutions through. In the French Revolution many heinous acts occurred, one in particular was the lynch mob, executioners of Foulon and Bertier. Paine states, “ These outrages were not the effect of the principles of the Revolution, but of the degraded mind that existed be...
Thomas Paine anonymously wrote “Common Sense”, a pamphlet discussing the ideas of independence from Britain. This helped the colonists put their frustrations with their government into words. Paine wrote it so simply that anyone could understand his ideas, and it was quite persuasive. He says, “The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.” (Baym 326) Essentially, Thomas Paine explains how independence from the monarchy would be a really wonderful thing, and he ultimately explains that this independence is inevitable. He talks about how Britain is the parent of America. He compares America to a child growing independent of its parents. Although at one point, America was “flourish[ing] under her former connection with Great Britain”, he says that now it is time for America to grow independent. He uses the example of a child who has been raised on milk never moving on to eating meat. Although the child grew a lot on milk, that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t continue to grow by eating meat, by gaining more independence. (Baym 326) And he says that while Britain is their parent country, parents shouldn’t “devour their young,” or “make war upon their families.” (Baym 327) He’s using this extended parent example to show that America really doesn’t need a parent country anymore. This idea of total independence from Britain put a lot in perspective for Americans at the time. They became empowered and confident in this idea of
Paine believed that America needed to break free of the British clutches. He spoke out against slavery and joined the army to help fight the war. He did not agree with hereditary monarchy and wrote another paper to argue this point (Franklin 321). Paine was very aware of his criticizers, and worked very hard to persuade them toward his way of thinking. In his pamphlet Common Sense he writes: "I have heard it asserted by some, that as America has flourished under her former connection with Great Britain, the same connection is necessary towards her future happiness, and will always have the same effect"(Paine 323). Paine states the following argument: ."..for I answer roundly, that America would have flourished as much, and proba...
Paine had not entertained the idea of independence from Britain when he arrived in America. He thought it was “a kind of treason” to break away from Britain. It was not until the Battle of Lexington in 1775 that he considered “the compact between Britain and America to be broken” (Claeys). This idea of a broken compact allowed Thomas Paine to write a political pamphlet.
Soon after launch on January 28th, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger broke apart and shattered the nation. The tragedy was on the hearts and minds of the nation and President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan addressed the county, commemorating the men and woman whose lives were lost and offering hope to Americans and future exploration. Reagan begins his speech by getting on the same level as the audience by showing empathy and attempting to remind us that this was the job of the crew. He proceeds with using his credibility to promise future space travel. Ultimately, his attempt to appeal to the audience’s emotions made his argument much stronger. Reagan effectively addresses the public about the tragedy while comforting, acknowledging, honoring and motivating his audience all in an effort to move the mood from grief to hope for future exploration.
In the chapter Economy Part 1, Thoreau uses a multitude rhetorical strategies to make his point, and even make simple illustrations for his readers. Thoreau has been known to be quite controversial in his works, and the same can be said here. Some might say that this ruins his credibility, while others say it makes him that much more inspirational. His life on Walden Pond was his way of going against tradition and proving his views on how we should live life: simple.