An Example Of Ethos In Thomas Paine's The Crisis

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The Crisis No. 1 is the first of sixteen pamphlets Thomas Paine issued at the beginning of December 1776. The Crisis was written in December of 1776 to help motivate American patriots. This pamphlet was handed out to soldiers during the Revolutionary war in hopes of gaining support for independence from Great Britain. Paine uses Ethos, Pathos, and Logos to persuade his audience.
Ethos is an appeal to ethics. It is a way of convincing the audience of the credibility or character of the one persuading. An example of ethos in The Crisis No. 1 is “ I will not now enter into as an argument; my own simple opinion is, that had it been eight months earlier, it would have been much better. We did not make a proper use of last winter, neither could we, While we were in a dependent state. However, the fault, if it were one, was all our own*; we have none to blame but ourselves ” (Paine 156). This is ethos because he is saying that he believes it would have been better if they had declared their independence eight months earlier than they did. The second of example of ethos I found in The Crisis No. 1 is “ I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has never been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to to avoid the calamities of war ” (156). This is ethos because he states his opinion that God will not give up on them

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