Thomas Paine, an American Philosopher

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An American born philosopher, Thomas Paine, was a strong adherent for independence and was agnostic in the government. Born on January 29, 1737, Paine lived what we would now call a tough life ( At a young age, Paine had to withdraw from school to help his father with work. He attempted many jobs such as a hunting smuggler and a collector of tobacco and liquor taxes ( Paine failed at those other jobs he tried and in 1774, moved to Philadelphia where he got a job as a writer for the Pennsylvania magazine ( Paine was a successful writer for the Pennsylvania Magazine. His first article of the Pennsylvania Magazine was about the African Slave Trade and was called …show more content…
Common Sense was Paine’s most influential piece (
In Paine’s Common Sense, there is a central theme that shows up in multiple works he wrote, Independence. He was strongly against the government and supports this belief with a quote from his work Common Sense, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil” ( This quote supports his belief that people do not need the government and that they should be independent. Supporting this belief, Paine states that the natural state of man is to live without government (
To get the central theme across Paine uses many literary devices making the theme easier to be interpreted. He uses logos in this specific work helping the theme to be established. An example of logos being used is in the title itself. The title, Common Sense, could be interpreted as saying anyone who believes that America will be successful under government rule has no common sense. Along with logos, Paine also uses biblical references appealing to people’s moral beliefs. Paine also uses allusion when he refers to the bible. As far as why the work was written, typically an author writes their works based on their beliefs, views, or maybe an event that could have occurred. Common Sense happens to be
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