Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine - U.S. History Honors September 4, 2007 No...

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U.S. History Honors September 4, 2007 No Paine, No Gain After reading Thomas Paine’s pamphlet “Common Sense,” published in 1776, one can easily see how it could have been a catalyst for the American Revolution. Paine clearly has done his homework. He gathers the facts, considers every objection, and even invites readers to challenge him. Paine is a very persuasive writer who addresses the issues of moral justice, practical concerns and fears, and proposals for an independent country. His strong reasons for supporting a revolution could well have tipped the balance for people who were still undecided, convincing them, as Paine says, that “the sun never shone on a cause of greater worth.” Paine shows his persuasive skills by befriending his readers and appealing to their emotions, from anger and fear to pride. He states that reasonable and intelligent people will agree with him, which would cause all who consider themselves reasonable and intelligent to lean toward Paine’s point of view. He declares that he understands readers’ reluctance. He respects their attitudes and opinions, saying that loyalty to England is hard to give up. “I know it is difficult to get over local or long standing prejudices,” Paine writes, but he gives many reasons why people should: England has been unfair, and as for the English Constitution, it is nothing
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