Rhetorical Devices In The Revolution

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From 1763 to 1780 our Founding Fathers built the United States of America; they are credited with defeating the British by rallying colonists in America to fight for freedom and establishing a new government. Although it is Revolutionary writers like Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson (who wrote the “Declaration of Independence”) that inspired the colonists of America to become patriots and join the fight against the British. It was writers and speakers of the revolutionary era who persuaded colonists to abandon loyalty to the King. Revolutionary writers used rhetorical devices in order to persuade the colonists to fight against the British. One source of inspiration toward the Revolution was Thomas Paine’s, “Common Sense,” which used pathos to urge the colonists to fight the haughty British. “Common Sense” was written in the midst of the war, so although fighting had already begun, the southern states were not as involved yet simply because they were much farther away and did not witness any of the appalling acts the British imposed nor the fire and fury they brought at the beginning of war. Paine wrote “Common Sense” because America needed all the states to unify for one big fight, and he did this by appealing through their emotions. In “Common Sense” Paine writes: “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” (Paine) Similes like “Tyranny, like hell…”
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