Common Sense : Thomas Paine

1050 Words Dec 5th, 2014 5 Pages
Nathaniel Jackson
Mr. Miserendino
AP U.S. History
5 December 2014
Common Sense
Thomas Paine’s revolutionary pamphlet, Common Sense was an immediate sensation in the thirteen colonies in 1776. Paine strayed away from dense and scholarly writing and wrote in the language of the people, often citing the bible. The pamphlet provided clear justification and explained the advantages of the need for independence from Great Britain. Thomas Paine argues in his instant best seller, for independence from England and for the creation of a democratic republic.
Paine begins proving his argument by differentiating between government and society. Paine states, “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries By A Government, which we might expect in a country Without Government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer” (Paine 153-154). This quote shows how Paine believes society is productive and denotes it positively. Whereas on the other hand government is signified as evil and the cause of the nation’s suffering. Paine is arguing for the abolition of the current government due to the fact that it does not accomplish what it is supposed to. Paine states that the government’s only objective is to protect life, liberty and property. The British government is too complex and predominant with…

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