Analysis Of Common Sense By Thomas Paine

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Common Sense by Thomas Paine Analysis Initial Reaction The first sentence of the introduction, “a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right,” (Paine, 1776) is instantly captivating to me by the Paine’s acknowledgement that by not standing up to wrong and injustices when you see or experience it is the same as giving the injustice your seal of approval for the wrongs being done. The very fact that Pain is admittingly not fan of government but goes on to justify its necessity, shows his commitment to doing what he feels is right is fascinating and respectable, especially in the time in which he lived. During this time, his actions would be considered a treasonous act against the monarch…show more content…
Even after these events, some colonists continued to believe that reconciliation was possible with Britain. Other colonists wanted full independence. Paine wrote Common Sense to dissuade those colonists believing in reconciliation and argued for full independence from Britain and the establishment of a republican form of government. Biographical Context Paine, born in Britain on January 29, 1737 had some schooling at Thetford Grammar School but was for the most part, self-educated. He was a failure in school, apprenticeship to his father as a stay-maker, and was dismissed as an Excise Officer. During his tenure in a tax-collector’s office he published The Case of Officers of Excise, a publishing for higher pay for tax-collectors, and subsequently fired. (Thomas Paine, n.d.) He was no stranger to publishing writings that were controversial. Paine met Benjamin Franklin and became good friends. That friendship eventually led to him moving to Philadelphia in 1774 where he began focusing on journalism and eventually writing Common Sense. Exploration of themes or stylistic characteristics The Enlightenment Period was marked by skepticism, individualism, utilitarianism, and rationalism. Common Sense, written in 1776, after protests and fighting had already begun between the American colonists and the British, is a proper representation of this period because of Paine’s subject of challenging the monarchy,
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