Thomas Paine Common Sense Rhetorical Devices

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The document “Common Sense” was written in 1776 by a man named Thomas Paine. His main goal was to explain why the colonists needed independence from Great Britain. The King had refused to take actions to help the colonists. He had also imposed taxes and robbed them of their natural born rights. This angered the colonists making them want to revolt against Britain as well. The way Thomas Paine worded “Common Sense” made colonists feel that no answers but his were correct. He accomplished this by using multiple rhetorical devices. Paine often asks questions, but then quickly gave his own answer, along with asking questions that are left for speculation. The most influential devices used by Thomas Paine were hypophoras and rhetorical questions in “Common Sense” to persuade Americans into standing up to Great Britain. Thomas Paine used hypophoras throughout the pamphlet “Common Sense”. One reason he chose to use them is that he was able to guide the opinion of his readers. In the pamphlet Paine states, “...But where, say some, is the king of America? I’ll tell you, friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the royal brute of Great Britain,” (Paine). The quote means that the King has caused so much trouble on the colonists. Once the colonists are free there will be no one to rule over them and impose chaos. One reason that the King was so unpopular among the citizens was that he made them pay unfair taxes, along with not allowing them to live in

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