The Declaration Of Independence And Common Sense Essay

1664 Words Oct 10th, 2015 7 Pages
Tristan Utech
Mr. Westlund
U.S. History
10/10/15
Comparative Essay of the “Declaration of Independence” and “Common Sense” Two documents quite essential to the founding of America may actually have much more in common than just being a tool for action. The two documents addressed are “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine and “The Declaration of Independence” written by Thomas Jefferson. These two documents hold the keys to American ideals and ideas. Freedom, liberty, consent, duty, and all other things attributed to America are in these two documents. But like most papers they are also very different. Let’s take an exclusive look at Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”. This document was written in a secular persuasive way from a Christian world perspective. Paine repeatedly attacked hereditary rule and how Britain ran their Government. “He did not attack just the corruption in the monarchy, he attacked the monarchy itself” (Westlund Notes Common Sense). He attacks the old ancient ways of monarchial rule and aristocratic rule which are what made up England’s Government. He believed that England’s system was not the perfect system, and he desired for there to be a Republican type government rather than a Monarch in charge. “Small islands, not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island” (Thomas Paine). One of his points is the idea that an…

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