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The Crisis Thomas Paine Analysis

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The role of the individual has been a subject of great controversy. Some people described the role of an individual as being fearless. Others described the role as taking risks. One example of an essay that describes the role of the individual is Thomas Paine’s “The Crisis.” In “The Crisis,” Paine argued that people must rebel against any oppressive ruler in order to regain their rights. Paine wrote the essay to convince his fellow colonists to fight for independence from Britain. Based on my reading and analysis of Paine’s essay, Paine understands the role of the individual as someone who should fight for freedom against any oppressors. Paine appealed to a higher power to portray his role of an individual as someone who fights for freedom. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how thomas paine's "the crisis" argues that people must rebel against oppressive rulers in order to regain their rights.
  • Analyzes how paine appealed to a higher power to portray his role of an individual as someone who fights for freedom by placing religious backing and sanction on any fight for liberty.
  • Analyzes how paine used a moral comparison to describe the role of an individual as someone who fights for freedom.
  • Analyzes how paine used pathos and an appeal to fear to stir up contempt and anger in people, enabling them to fight for freedom.
  • Analyzes how paine's essay inspired and helped the american colonists win their revolution against britain.

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

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