Jonathan Boucher's Argument Analysis

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While the choice of whether to remain loyal to the crown or join the revolution became popular in the late eighteenth century, two men, Jonathan Boucher and Thomas Paine, decided to voice their beliefs and later became well known for their arguments. Though Boucher stated strong points about why remaining loyal to Great Britain was the correct choice, Paine’s argument was more appealing because he clarified that America would offer various inviting benefits that Britain was not able to provide. Paine compelled people because of the clarity in his argument. He avoided utilizing language that people were incapable of understanding, and he made his points sound appealing by using “a new style of political writing” (#31, p.95). Paine informed …show more content…

Boucher compelled people by using a metaphor to claim that man is like a star in that “one star differs from another star in glory” (#32, p. 103). The purpose of this metaphor was to express that superiority and inferiority will exist in a society; but, it was not horrible because it was a necessity to establish a successful government. His argument was striking because of his explanation on why having superiority and inferiority within a nation was not necessarily a bad idea. Jonathan Boucher’s argument lacked evidence which thus resulted to be less persuasive than it could have been. His main concern was only to address why people should declare independence and join the revolution. He stated that the human race was not equal, and this was not what people hoped to hear. People did not desire to live in a society where others were condescending. Nobody would. Thomas Paine’s argument had a greater appeal since he introduced advantages that came with supporting the revolution. The very reasons why people came to the colonies began to lose its importance. Colonists were exhausted, and they were finished trying to reason with the Parliament. They discovered that the only way for a new start was by parting from Great Britain. Overall, Paine made sure to capture the audience’s attention by stating what the people needed to hear in a way that everybody could

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