Common Sense, By Thomas Paine

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Common Sense Writing Assignment
WHY COMMON SENSE WAS WRITTEN
Because Thomas Paine wanted the colonists to be aware of what was going on while the thirteen colonies were under British administration, he composed Common Sense. He explained to the Americans that people must retaliate against King George III’s wrongful policies. He and the British regime enacted an abundance of laws that the Americans found to be unreasonable. The Intolerable Acts are examples of what the British had forced the colonists to endure. This series of laws was legislated in 1774 to penalize the citizens of Massachusetts after the Boston Tea Party. Four laws were passed during this period: the Boston Port Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, the Administration of Justice Act, and the Quartering Act. Other preposterous laws were the Navigation Acts, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, the Stamp Act of 1765, the Sugar Act, the Tea Act, and the Townshend Acts.

THEMES FOUND IN COMMON SENSE
One theme found in the pamphlet is how Paine clarifies to the readers that “government… is a necessary evil.” He explains that he is not enthusiastic about the government and claims that its only objective is for “restraining our vices”. He states that man’s instinctive demeanor is to go on about life without any kind of authority, and that it only exists to solve dilemmas conceived by the anarchic state of man. During the circumstances that a government does not enhance society, or if it deteriorates society, it…

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