Thomas Paine Declaration Of Independence Analysis

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Six months before the Declaration of Independence is written in 1776, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense is published, causing a substantial amount of colonists to rebel against the British once and for all. This radical document doesn’t just sell 120,000 in a few months, it changes colonists’ thoughts and outlook regarding the British monarchy, and ultimately pushes the colonies towards independence from Great Britain. His pamphlet starts with a more hypothetical approach about government and religion, then transforms into the detailed problems between Britain and its colonies. “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one” (65). Paine wants to demonstrate how society is about people coming together and …show more content…

Colonists of all religions are able to make a connection between God’s wrath towards the ancient Jews, and themselves if they continued to fall under the rule of the King of Britain. A majority of people who flee to the colonies are looking for religious freedom and obey God’s rules religiously (no pun intended). Evangelists believed all humans are sinful but they can be saved by divine right. Paine makes another reference to the Bible when he says, “Ye that oppose independence now, ye know not what ye do” (99). This is a reference to what Jesus says, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23: 34). Jesus’ executioners do not realize they are slaying the Son of God. Thomas Paine advises that opposing liberation is the same type of decision for Americans as killing Jesus is for his killers. The idea of hereditary succession confuses and angers Paine. If a ruler of a great nation has a son, what makes the son fit to rule? Just because he is the King's child doesn’t mean he will be a successful ruler in the future. A monarchy and hereditary succession produce nothing but bad governance, corruption, revolutions, and unnecessary

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  • Analyzes how paine's common sense changed colonists' thoughts and outlook regarding the british monarchy and ultimately pushes the colonies towards independence from great britain.
  • Analyzes how paine demonstrates how society is about people coming together and making decisions based on the good of the nation, while government is a necessary evil whose main purpose is to protect our life, liberty, and property.
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