Analysis Of The Commonalities Of Common Sense By Robert Paine

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In 1776 aspirations of obtaining independence and freedom weighed heavily on the hearts of numerous Europeans living in North America. Many of the European Americans aspired to live by their own accord in a sovereign nation; however, there were other European Americans who wanted North America to be governed by the British. The European Americans who desired to revolt and overthrow the tyrannical rule of Great Britain in North America knew that they needed to gain as many supporters as they could in order to have a chance against the highly touted British army. They realized that the only way to gain more supporters was to convince the adamant British loyalists to join their fight for freedom. They began to flood North America with numerous …show more content…
Many of them believe that the pamphlet was able to achieve this due to the emotional sense of unification between the readers and Paine. For example, in Robert A. Ferguson’s article, “The Commonalities of Common Sense” he writes, “their house, when divided against itself, will not stand; their virtue, because not cultivated, will surely disappear; their common sense, as it becomes less vigilant, will tumble before "the mind of the multitude" (467). Ferguson showcases that Paine utilizes an immense amount of collective nouns in his pamphlet. He also illustrates how these collective nouns create an emotional sense of connection between the reader and Paine. The connection makes the reader believe that the Europeans living in North America are different than their counterparts living in Europe, and it also makes the reader feel as if the European Americans have their own distinct way of life. This belief that the European Americans have their own way of life leads the reader to believe this revolution is a war of livelihood. It gives the reader a belief that they are not revolting to simply create a new government, but that they are fighting as a group for their way of life. The reader then understands that the revolution is not being fought to posses the ability to govern themselves, but rather for the ability to live their life the way they are accustom to living

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