Wollstonecraft And Paine Analysis

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The political and social climate will continue to change until the end of time and there will always be someone who publishes their response to that said change. In the late 1700s Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and Mary Wollstonecraft were inspired to discuss the change in Western Europe. The prevailing philosophies and beliefs of that time were Rationalism and Romanticism. During this time the American Revolution had just ended and towards the last decade of the century the French Revolution came to an end. There was a controversial debate about wanting to stay under to stay under the monarchy's control versus convert to a republic. Wollstonecraft and Paine, and Burke had conflicting opinions on which was the better system of governing. Burke believes that divine rule was better because it is the only form of governing he's been under. On the other hand Paine believes the monarchy is irrational and that a republic is a new salvation, which is the idea that Wollstonecraft takes and builds upon. Burke’s argument is that monarchy is needed because man is evil and cannot…show more content…
“Mr. Burke’s Reflections on the French Revolution* first engaged my attention as the transient topic of the day; and reading it more for amusement than information, my indignation was roused by the questionable shape of natural feelings and common sense”(Advertisement to A Vindication of the Rights of Men). An advertisement is like a warning so before she even starts her letter she pokes fun at his style of writing calling it more amusement than an actual informative piece. Wollstonecraft is informing her audience immediately that she is not in agreement with Burke’s statements and that those said statements are questionable. She calls him hypocritical and contradictory because he writes in paradoxes and the way he draws out the statements gets confusing after a
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