Thomas Paine And Edwards Essay

analytical Essay
1020 words
1020 words

Other than the persuasive appeals, both Paine and Edwards continuously and strongly exhibit literary techniques such as metaphors and similes. To begin, metaphorical phrases are displayed in both Paine’s essay and Edwards’ lecture. First, in the “The Crisis, No. 1,” the metaphor “if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to ‘bind me in all cases whatsoever’ to his absolute will, am I to suffer it,” is stated by Edwards. This metaphor is being compared to Great Britain invading and installing absolute control over the American colonists through taxes and no representation in Parliament. Also, the thief is Britain, while Paine represents the American colonists whose house is the 13 colonies. Furthermore, in comparison to the metaphor, Britain did destroy and burn many houses during the early portions of the Revolutionary War and, also, through this …show more content…

To do so, these two American composers utilize the persuasive appeals of ethos, which refers to the author’s credibility, believability, and likeability, pathos, which refers to the reader’s emotions, and logos which refers to logical ways of persuasion. Also, both the philosopher, Paine, and the preacher, Edwards, use literary techniques such as a metaphor, which is a statement directly comparing two different subjects, and a simile, which also compares two distinct subjects but with the employing of the words “like” or “as.” Overall, through the persuasive appeals and literary techniques, Paine and Edwards have incredible comparisons and in doing so, greatly convinced and persuaded the American people during the colonial times of the eighteenth

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how both paine and edwards exhibit literary techniques such as metaphors and similes.
  • Analyzes how paine uses metaphors to support and strengthen his argument and position.
  • Analyzes how edwards uses metaphors to reinforce and clarify his statements.
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