Analysis Of Thomas Paine's The Crisis

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Thomas Paine is an author who has made great contributions to literature. One of the appeals of his works, specifically in The Crisis, Number 1, is that his statements while regarding a precise situation, can be applied generally to many other settings and events. This essay will take a look at some of the general applications of his quotes and what they mean to the greater world. One of the first quotes from Thomas Paine’s The Crisis that has been used for centuries since is how “tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem to lightly” (117). This quote has a few different meaning, one of them being that things that are easy to achieve we often don’t take seriously, and that the harder we work for something, the better we will feel once we achieve it. Another line in The Crisis talks about how “though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire” (118). The appeal that this quote has to people living now is that even if it does not seem like it, or you can not feel it, there’s always hope, no matter what. Things can always get better. One more of Thomas Paine’s stand out lines from The Crisis is when he talks about how he “call[s] not upon a few, but upon all; not on this State or that State, but on every State; up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when
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