Similarities Between Common Sense And The Declaration Of Independence

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Three main documents that have directly and indirectly affected the American Revolution are The Declaration of Independence (July 1776), Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” (January 1776), and John Locke’s “Second Treatise of Government” (1689). All of these documents are related to one another in the fact that they paved the way for the future of America and led to the amazing country we live in today. To start off, there are many similarities in regards to The Declaration of Independence and “Common Sense”. We can see these documents agree with one another because one has influenced the other. Thomas Paine’s writing was months before the Declaration of Independence and it is safe to say that the Declaration was influenced and written in…show more content…
This is the same argument that Paine makes when he explains that the ruling of England is flawed because the King of England’s “speech, if at may be called one, is nothing better than wilful audacious libel against the truth, the common good, and the existence of mankind; and is formal and pompous method of offering up human sacrifices to the pride of tyrants” (Paine 58). As we can see, both authors argue that the King of England is a tyrant; this is one of the many reasons that the colonies must unite and break away from England. These two historical documents argue the same things in mostly the same way, with slight differences. These differences arise in the different audience and length of the documents. The declaration is a very short document that serves as a quick reading to inform England that they are no longer under England’s rule, while “Common Sense” serves to unite the people of the colonies and enable them to write the declaration. With the length of Paine’s writing, he is able to touch upon many more topics and go into further detail than the declaration, yet they both serve a similar purpose to break away from the British rule. Paine is able to go into detail about why having a king is wrong and why hereditary ruling does not make for a sensible way of passing on the thrown. He even goes into depth and makes a suggestion as to how they can form a
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