Independence and Revolution

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Part 1: Sense and Sensibilities

Common Sense

1. The author Thomas Paine in Common Sense, thinks that the colonies should break away. He does not think that America will flourish and keep growing under Britain. One specific evidence shown from this article is the paragraphs where he is using capitol letters to voice his opinion on the matter. Great Britain protected America only for their own interest. “One example of this is, “We have boasted the protection of Great Britain, without considering, that her motive was INTEREST not ATTACHMENT; 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.” Thomas Paine argues that some people say that Great Britain is the parent country of America, but he states if that was true, than why does Great Britain attack their young or make war with their families. “But Britain is the parent country, say some. Then the more shame upon her conduct. Even brutes do not devour their young, nor savages make war upon their families.” He also uses this sentence that was very important in his opinion, “We may as well assert that because a child has thrived upon milk, that it is never to have meat, or that the first twenty years of our lives is to become a precedent for the next twenty. But even this is admitting more than is true; for I answer roundly that America would have flourished as much, and probably much more, had no European power taken any notice of her.”

2. Logos:

* The author claims that the colonies have to break away from Great Britain. * He argues that Great Britain only want their own interest in protecting America. * Thomas Paine states that if America forms a special relationship with Great Britain, then it will form controversies with other countries that will want to have commerce…...

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