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Thomas Paine Rhetorical Analysis

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Thomas Paine is effective in explaining his reasoning for wanting to be an independent nation and telling loyalist why it's better to leave. Paine takes down the British loyalist argument by taking apart each part of their reasons for wanting to stay British. Each time Paine states one of his arguments when he starts his paragraphs he states the loyalists reasoning for backing the English. As the paragraph goes on he dismantles their arguments and gives his reasonings as to why he doesn't agree with loyalists. He will start paragraphs off with statements such as;”We have boasted the protection of Great Britain, without considering, that her motive was INTEREST not ATTACHMENT”, and “But Britain is the parent country, say some. Then the more…show more content…
Paine states this in many ways he believes that the Americans would be just as strong or even better off if they didn't have the influence of the british. Saying, “America would have flourished as much, and probably much more, had no European power had any thing to do with her”. Paine realizes that Americans are coming together over their hatred for Britain making the country stronger. He also talks about how the British to refuse to negotiate anymore, “a new method of thinking hath arisen. All plans, proposals, &c. prior to the nineteenth of April, I. E. to the commencement of hostilities, are like the almanacks of the last year;... the one proposing force, the other friendship; but it hath so far happened that the first hath failed, and the second”. He speaks on the fact that we would have had better relationships with more countries if we didn't have to be looped in with Britain. We would be able to make more money from trade, and becoming a more powerful nation with more allies. Paine believes that Britain treats their colonies horribly and that if they were a “parent” they wouldn't treat their children like slaves and brutes and that they wouldn't throw their child into war for something that's not their
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