Common Sense Diction Essay

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Having read the Declaration of Independence, one cannot doubt that it was written with much thought and planning nor can one deny how steep it is in diplomacy. First, the diction is highly elevated as evident through the use of words such as, evince, usurpation, despotism and annihilation. Second, the tone was clearly contemplative indicative of the fact that it was written with a clear purpose. It opened with a reference to equality stating that all men were born equal, identified as the equality to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It continued by first accepting that changing government is not always a good thing countering to say that when a government is impeding the ability of those it rules to live, it is the right of the ruled…show more content…
This in the form of a pamphlet which was written by Thomas Paine entitled, “Common Sense”. Interestingly, the Common Sense was written in January of 1776 making it a forerunner to the Declaration of Independence as a charge for independence. ( A perusal of the text in its entirety, provided by Project Gutenberg, reveals a diction that allows the common person to represent with it and its tone very critical and explicative. This as the language was easily understood with points set out clearly and explained in details. In addition, all important points were made in bulleted format. Paine started by making a general overview of government and religion before going in debt with his stance. Among the first arguments he put forward in this regard is that, “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil”. This he posited was due to the fact that if humans were to behave rationally towards each other then there would be no need for government. He also stated, like the Declaration of Independence after it, that all humans are born equal but went further to add that they do not all remain equal as some advances themselves while others
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