Thomas Paine's Common Sense: In America The Law Is Kking?

analytical Essay
1096 words
1096 words

Thomas Paine explained in his pamphlet, Common Sense, how “in America THE LAW IS KING” (Henrietta, 158). These letters are capitalized to signify how the Patriots take their written rules seriously. This was the result of Great Britain and its enforcement of such subjugated laws. In the colonies, the colonizer’s rules were not fair. In effect, it leads the American colonists to protest; The American’s determination for equality as shown in their protests contributed to American’s Independence. Protests were, at the start, a way to show how frustrated the colonists were at the British government. In 1773 the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. It significantly raised taxes on the popular drink. At this point, tensions between the colonists and Britain simmered down after years of boycotts over raised taxes and what seemed like “political slavery” (Yazawa, …show more content…

Dressed ups as Indians, they sneaked into ships carrying the tea and threw it out into the ocean; this was known as the Boston Tea Party. In this particular account, the narrator described how cooperative he was with the other “Indians” (Yazawa, 118). He “readily submitted” (Yazawa, 118) to his commander for that night. He just met that man, plus his accomplices, that very evening but they were able to sabotage the most expensive crop of their time. Their determination aided in their cooperation, even if some of them never learned each other’s name (Yazawa, 118) after that night. This humongous protest would not only deeply anger their British brethren, but gain support and sympathy from other colonies in the aftermath. The Bostonian’s will was clearly sending a message: Great Britain is unfair and we need to do something about it. Thus, a network was beginning to develop around the colonies that would aid in the future

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how thomas paine explained that "in america the law is king" in his pamphlet, common sense. the colonizer's rules were not fair, leading the american colonists to protest.
  • Analyzes how the british parliament passed the tea act in 1773, which raised taxes on the popular drink. the colonists saw it as a threat of economic monopoly.
  • Analyzes how the bostonians were recorded saying, "let every man do his duty, and be true to his country." they had to do things their own way since their supposed government was not listening to their complaints.
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