Common Sense: Summary In Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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In his pamphlet Common Sense, Thomas Paine gives several arguments to convince the colonist’s on why they should separate from British rule. He is effective on persuading them to do so because of his use of facts, arguments, and common sense. He is also effective because he appeals to his audience by implementing the bible and understandable metaphors in his text. He argued the causes of wanting Independence was British’s cruel treatment, it would be beneficial to the colonies, and America should not be governed by a small country that is miles away.
Thomas Paine’s uses the bible to convince the society that the British monarchy should not be ruling. Since people in the 1700’s where greatly influenced by the bible he used the scriptures in his favor to support his ideas. Paine believes that no one but God deserves to rule over the people, he states, “…the will of the Almighty, as declared by Gideon and the prophet Samuel, expressly disapproves of government by kings” (Paine 9). Paine uses the bible to show that God himself does not like kings so therefore the people should not allow a king to rule over them.
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When he explains “…there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island” (Paine 25). He explains how it does not make sense that a small country like Britain can be overseeing a large continent like America. He uses an example of a satellite and a planet and how in science the satellite in never larger than the planet, therefore it is not logical that this happens. He also talks about the huge distance that separates the two. He believes that it is foolish that they, “[Have] to be always running three or four thousand miles with a tale or a petition…” (Paine 25). He sees Britain’s distance and size compared to America as absurd so it does not make sense that they are the ones controlling

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