The Revolutionary War In Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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There is never one exact event that begins a war. It is a series of events, tension simmering and building up over time until the tension boils over, fighting breaks out and there is no turning back. The Revolutionary War was simply about freedom, the fight for one 's country without another one breathing down its neck, watching its every move. The American Revolution was one of the bloodiest wars in world history and it had many different causes. Most of which were bloody, but still, even after seeing the brutality, some were not behind the revolution so, Thomas Paine took a more dovish approach, Common Sense. However, before Common Sense was published and read across all of the colonies, many more events occurred that lead to the revolution, all at the hands of the tyrant, King George III. On March 22, 1765, the Stamp Acts is signed and the colonists were required to purchase specially stamped paper for every legal document, license, newspaper, pamphlet, and imposed special stamp duties on packages of playing cards and dice (Bowman). In other words, it was a direct tax on all paper goods. If colonists disobeyed the law, they were to be…show more content…
Not only was Common Sense a direct attack on King George, but an attack on the idea of monarchy itself. His writing had a dramatic impact, selling more than 100,000 copies within a year all while convincing many to break free of the king and his tyranny. He used plain language, references to the Bible, and logic from popular Enlightenment writers to present his arguments. And although the Enlightenment principles may have been hard to understand, he did a tremendous job of making the philosophies more simple so everyone who read Common Sense could understand with no confusion. By doing this, it ensured that he could acquire the maximum amount of people to be on board with the revolution (Gilje, Common
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