The Death Of The British War

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Catherine King Am Lit 1 October 2014 Before America had separated from the British, the colonies suffered under a long despotic rule under the British crown. But, as many realize, it is difficult to stray from what one knows. People were reluctant to separate from the British. They were scared that their small section of land in North America wouldn’t flourish without help from the British, and for this reason, they did nothing when the British inflicted upon them a number of injustices, despite them knowing that what was happening was wrong. Other simply didn’t care. They weren’t affected directly, so they had no reason to separate. Others, the Tories, remained loyal to the government simply because they benefitted under their rule.…show more content…
In Common Sense, Paine uses powerful language to evoke an emotional response from his readers. In the beginning of his piece, he utilizes powerful language that does not include personal connections, to simply get the reader thinking. He refrains from using personal examples in the beginning, because he would come off as a radical. Instead he works to evoke just a more logic based emotional response. The purpose of keeping the language less personal but still powerful in the beginning, is to show to the people that is not just another radical who wants independence simply because. He wants to present himself as a level minded and educated writer who cares for the well-being of the nation. Some examples of the powerful language include sentences like, “As a long and violent abuse of power, is generally the Means of calling the right of it in question [...]and as the King of England hath undertaken in his OWN RIGHT, [...] and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination…”. In this particular section, some diction that he uses that proves that he uses slightly less emotionally charged words in the beginning are “long and violent abuse” and “grievously oppressed”. Although both these phrases include very powerful language, they come off as factual. They would, though, illicit an emotional
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