Before there was a realization of the American Flag still hanging, and before the dust settled in the midst of war and declaring independence, there was “Common Sense”. “Common Sense” is a pamphlet written by Thomas Payne, consisting of a well-developed explanation as to why the colonies should be separate from Great Britain, Payne’s arguments describe Britain’s defense out of interest, their attachment leading to unnecessary war, the state of compromising, the tolerance to law making, an overall explained how Britain did not possess the true means of government. First, as an argument, Payne wrote, “We have boasted the protection of Great Britain, without considering, that her motive was interest not attachment; that she did not protect us from our enemies on our account, but from her enemies on her own account, from those who had no quarrel with us on any other account, and who will always be our enemies on the same account.” First, in the supporting of this argument conveying that Britain’s interest was reason for defense, Payne said, “her motive was interest not attachment” this meaning that there were no deep rooted ties between the two. This is an extremely valid argument because there is no point in having attachments to Great Britain for no fair reason. Secondly, Payne explained that the colonies “should be at peace with France and Spain were they at war with Britain” and said, “The miseries of Hanover last war ought to warn us against connections.” In saying this Payne conveys that the attachment Great Britain leads to unnecessary war. To support he says, “the injuries and disadvantages we sustain by that connection, are without number; and our duty to mankind at large, as well as to ourselves, instruct us to renounce the alliance: Because, any submission to, or dependence on Great Britain, tends directly to involve this continent in European wars and quarrels; and sets us at variance with nations, who would otherwise seek our friendship, and against whom, we have neither anger nor complaint.” Also, Payne mentions the “temporary stoppage of trade” saying “Europe is too thickly planted with kingdoms to be long at peace, and whenever a war breaks out between England and any foreign power, the trade of America goes to ruin, because of her connection with Britain.” With this detailed explanation this argument is perhaps the strongest of the series as a government should hold the skills to maintain order and peace. Payne also argued that “Britain hath not manifested the least inclination towards a compromise”. This argument was contradicted by its supporting text as he wrote, “A temporary stoppage of trade, was an inconvenience, which would have sufficiently balanced the repeal of all the acts complained of, had such repeals been obtained…” This is a contradiction as the acts were repeatedly repealed upon complaint. If they hadn’t been, this argument conveying the absence of compromise would have been reasonable, but with little support, it is not. Though this argument is not applicable to
Analysis of a Selection of Common Sense
In 1776, only a few months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Paine published Common Sense. This pamphlet enlightened the colonists about the overbearing nature of the English monarchy and spread the idea of Independence into the heads of the influential men of the thirteen colonies. Thomas Paine specifically wrote Common Sense with language that the common man could understand instead of the overly flowery language…
English Composition (100-402)
What is common sense? Common sense is an abstract term that have different meanings for different people. Typically, common sense is viewed as knowledge that most people should know. This can apply to things affecting all humans, or it can pertain to certain peoples and issues. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “common sense is sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation…
“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason”(324). Opening lines from Common Sense gives an insight of Paine, and his frustrations with the rule of England. During this time America was still under the rule of England, although many America’s were discontent with the treatment of their nation not much was…
Thomas Paine argues about American Independence in the pamphlet “Common Sense”. Paine pamphlet “Common Sense” encouraged many people to claim their freedom. The pamphlet “Common Sense” also helped explain what people gained over the Independence. Also the book was very important to the revolution because it led colonist to seek for independence. Lastly the book was published during the American Revolution and became very popular.
What is Government? Government is the “act or process…
Thomas Paine's, Common Sense, was easily accessible to the people of Pennsylvania during 1776 when the first copies of this pamphlet were published. In 1776, Common Sense had spread rapidly through the colonies due to some key factors. Printing presses printed editions of Common Sense in different languages increasing the amount of readers. The low cost of two shillings also helped the large number of sales for Paine's work. Advertisements…
February 5, 2014
Common Sense Analysis
In the novel: Common Sense, Thomas Paine addresses many points about the British government and how it is proclaimed to be fair and in the best interest of the people, but in reality Paine states that its actually not and that the Monarchy was too powerful. Paine says that people get society and government confused and that “society” is something that you strive for, and referred to the “government” as a “necessary evil.”
The novel: Common Sense was produced…
A Dose of Common Sense
You are never alone and there is never trouble that is beyond help. Your father loves you and your Heavenly Father loves you. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow may never come, but as long as we have today, it’s never too late. Question with boldness. Read what they tell you not to. Challenge everything. The educated of this time are growing arrogant, and arrogance leads to darkness. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. However, sanitizer is a must, especially in New York City. In…
September 14, 2012
U.S. History DE, 3rd Period
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense talks about equality and why monarchy and
hereditary succession is wrong. No man is in the place to grant a man king. God
created us equally and only he can be our king. Yet in the earlier years the people
wanted a leader, a ruler, and a king. Before they had kings they had peace, no wars.
It is because of kings that we have disorder.
Idolatry was at an extreme when the idea of…
Columbia Basin College
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 definition of “common sense” is simple – is a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things, which is shared by everybody.
Thesis Statement: There are many people in the world who are smart and intelligent. However, not all have common sense.
Knowledge that is based in books may come in useful at the workplace or at schools, but not to be a genius in the “real-world” requires common sense.
For example of common sense can be: writing your name on your homework…