Analysis Of Benjamin Franklin 's Remarks Concerning The Savages Of North America And Thomas Paine 's Common Sense

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America is a fairly new country especially in comparison with those of Europe. Because of this fact, there are many accounts from when Europeans first settled on the land and when America truly began to form its culture. Due to this search for identity, the views of Europe, Native Americans, and religion have been expressed in both positive and negative lights. In Benjamin Franklin’s Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, Franklin’s positive views of Native Americans and negative views of England and religion are expressed while Paine’s negative view of all aspects are shown through their use of strong imagery and metaphors. In both texts, England and America are shown to have strong connections, though the connection itself is represented as a negative aspect. While Thomas Paine is certainly clearer about showing this connection, Benjamin Franklin inserts it in more subtle ways. For example, when addressing the British House of Commons, Paine speaks of how Henry Pelham, former Prime minister of Britain, was “attacked in the House of Commons on the score that his measures were only of a temporary kind…” (Paine, 631). This being more blatant as he uses the word “attack” for the reference. The reasoning for this method of approaching his message is because Paine’s purpose was to be clear and direct about the issues that he was writing about. Common Sense is a writing that expresses what Paine believes to be significant reasons for…

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