Thomas Paine Common Sense Analysis

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Common Sense was a revolutionary piece of work that influenced the attitudes of American colonists and encouraged a resistance against the unlawful behavior of the British Government. The pamphlet garnered the support from the average citizen by breaking down the complexities of the British-American ties and implanted the idea that severance was the only viable solution. Thomas Paine, the writer behind Common Sense, carefully dissected the faults of the Royal Crown to address the ludicrousness of their monarchy governance.
Prior to Common Sense, American colonists were greatly divided. However, proponents supporting independence was steadily rising. To further encourage Americans to join the patriotic movement, influential figures such as John
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Paine believed that separation would allow for the colonies to strongly govern themselves with an additional national government. In Common Sense, Paine reiterates the sole purpose of the government is to protect the liberty and freedom of citizens. When the relationship between religion and politics is brought into question, Thomas Paine has a firm opinion that the separation of religion and politics is necessary. At the time, in Britain, the church and state were greatly entwined and any opposition lead to religious persecution. Paine believed this was a denial of basic human rights and freedom. Therefore, while asserting his views for the future government, Paine states, “As to religion, I hold it to be the indispensable duty of all government, to protect all conscientious professors thereof, and I know of no other business which government hath to do therewith” (82-83, Larkin). Paine indicates that government should be held on the basis of fact, reason, and law. Religion should play no part in the decision to govern, rather it should be a protected right of the…show more content…
Among those men is Thomas Paine. Prior to Common Sense’s release, John Adams’ argumentative work “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” openly discussed the oppressive actions and cruel tyranny of the British government. Notably, Adams used an analogy to describe the abusive relationship between the colonies and Britain. Adams states, “Have not children a right to complain when their parents are attempting to break their limbs, to administer poison, or to sell them to enemies for slaves?” (113, Larkin). Similarly, Paine writes “We may as well assert that because a child has thrived upon milk, that it is never to have meat, or that the first twenty years of our lives is to become a precedent for the next twenty” (63, Larkin). Both of these authors are using literary devices, particularly referencing children to represent Britain’s interpretation of the colonies—defenseless and powerless. This suggests that Paine had reviewed past literature of fellow patriots and incorporated main points to enhance his pamphlet. In Paine’s address to current affairs, he also notes, “To say, they will never attempt it again is idle and visionary, we thought so at the repeal of the stamp act, yet a year or two undeceived us; as well may we suppose that nations, which have been once defeated, will never renew the quarrel” (69, Larkin) His mention of cruel taxation
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