What Is The Difference Between The Mayflower Compact And The Crisis By Thomas Paine

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I don’t think they’ll be inviting Great Britain over for tea and scones any time soon! After reading the Mayflower Compact and The Crisis by Thomas Paine, there is one thing that is clear, neither the pilgrims nor Paine hold the monarch, in their respective time period, in high regards. There is, however, a different attitude or approach shown by the pilgrims in their written work versus that of Thomas Paine.

The Mayflower Compact was written as a set of self-governing rules between those that had newly arrived in Plymouth. The pilgrims, in this compact, do recognize themselves as “the loyal subjects” and acknowledge their undertaken as an “honour of our king and country”. I think this is rather nice of them considering the pilgrims, or Separatists as they were known, had to flee England because they were being persecuted, harassed and jailed for their religious beliefs. Many of these individuals escaped England and spent dozens of years in the Netherlands before embarking on their voyage to begin a new life in the new world. However, I believe that the writers of the Mayflower Compact were able to delicately and subtlety express their disdain for the king in the first line of the compact in referring to him as “our dread …show more content…

It was Paine’s hope that in writing the pamphlet known as “The Crisis”, with all its rhetoric that it would persuade the colonists and those who still considered themselves loyal to their King and country, to seek their independence from England by whatever the means or cost. Paine’s use of recent events, such as the Stamp Act, to emphasize how “Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to tax) but to bind us in all cases whatsoever”; comparing the colonists to be bound as slaves and never to have free will to govern

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