Thomas Paine Common Sense Summary

In the year 1776’ the population within the American colonies were feeling disgruntled towards the British Empire and talks of breaking free from the empire’s control has spread through the colonies. Still, even with this discomfort floating around the colonies momentum to gain their independence was stuck in a pit of quiet talks. It wasn’t until Thomas Paine a radical writer ahead of his time wrote “Common Sense.” Which opened the doorway to the American Revolution as it brought that quiet momentum into a loud public outcry over how the Empire had been treating the colonies as secondary class citizens compared to those in Great Britain. Paine lit a match that created a fire under the colonist to unite for independence and a sovereignty republic. …show more content…
Paine establishes the momentum in the colonist to supersede the British Empire which has now stunted America’s growth in order to gain commerce from the colonies. I believed it helped that Paine, does something though that no one previously had and that was to aim his arguments not at Parliament but the Crown, itself. Where he argues that the King only cares for what the colonies commerce can achieve for the country vs actually considering the colonies as a part of Great Britain. Paine states “the authority of Great Britain over this continent, is a form of government, which sooner or later must have an end.” Which he was able to further this argument stating that colonies no longer have any use nor nothing to gain by staying attached to Great Britain but does mention, that while colonies need ruling just not in the suffocated oppression way that King George III has ran America but instead needs to fight and gain their independence to become an independent nation way from such …show more content…
When Paine decided to make this argument, I think he believed that this would create an ultimatum to the colonist to start a revolution against oppression from Great Britain and the Crown. Paine used two main principals throughout his argument; the suffering from the British monarchy and the sovereignty that America can achieve by being an independent nation. They were important because they played a major part in the colonies discomfort and told the truth to the public and in my eyes Paine’s writing was the ammunition that the colonist needed to start a revolution for independence and freedom. Because Paine released his writing at a time I believe was possibly the last opportunity for the colonies to unite against an common enemy and

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