US History, section 203
In Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, I believe that his most effective argument is that the relationship between the colonist and England is basically one sided. England rules the colonies for its own benefit, and puts the needs of England before the needs of its American colonies and the colonists living there. Most of Thomas Paine’s writing focuses on the differences in political separation. Thomas summarizes the relationship between England and the colonists, “Tis time to part,” (22) which basically states the conditions of both nations. Paine also discusses the economic and political reasons for America to declare independence. In his attempt to convince the colonists that they (Americans) needed to leave England’s rule, Paine portrays England as an abusive mother who isn’t taking care of her child correctly; like said earlier, she (England) rules the colonies for her own benefit. With this being said, Paine made a reasonable argument for leaving England that the colonist would agree on. When Thomas Paine wrote this book, he wrote it in a literary style that everyone could understand. It focused blame for the problems of the colonies directly on the reigning English King, George III. Such examples helped the colonists understand that: It is nonsense for an island to rule a continent; America was not just a "English nation"; it contained influences, cultures and people from all over Europe; Being a part of England would drag America into European wars that would cause conflict within the different communities in America; being part of England would hold back the commercial development of America and keep it from the international trade in which it already increased; The distance between the two nations made governing the colonies from England pretty much impossible; any sort of requests or petitions sent to Parliament would take a year before colonists received a response.
Almost all of the colonists would…