Thomas Paine: American Crisis

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Thomas Paine: American Crisis Thomas Paine was an English Writer whose works thrives in the late 1700s throughout Europe and America. Paine is well known for writing pamphlets and shorter pieces of writing, and did so after a failed attempt at following in his father’s footsteps as a Quaker. Between 1776 and 1783 Paine wrote a series of pamphlets in which he titled American Crisis. These writings went on to inspire what is now our present day army. American Crisis was so popular during his time, that more people have read the series than people who have watched the Super Bowl. American Crisis most closely relates to political theory. Political theory questions various concepts such as justice, rights, and our equality as individuals. The pamphlets empower America as a community of people. With American Crisis being written during the time it was, which was during the Revolutionary War, it signifies America’s rights as citizens and the justices we are given. As previously mentioned, the pamphlets even encouraged the idea of a military force for the country, which came to be a reality with what…show more content…
One, Paine uses a serious tone for the majority of the writing. Doing this creates an informative setting for the reader to let them know that this isn’t a matter to be taken gently. His serious tone helps to get the point he’s trying to reach across to readers. By also using rhetorical strategies Paine provokes the reader’s emotions to the pamphlets. Logos, Pathos, and Ethos are used in the case of rhetorical strategies to help the reader have a certain feeling towards what they are reading. Paine specifically uses logos in his pamphlets, producing logical reasoning for his readers and making them feel strongly about the writings and wanting to make a difference in the lives of themselves and others after reading about the liberties we have as Americans that Paine frequently touches on in The
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