Thomas Paine : Common Sense Essay

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In the 1776 revolution was a big topic swirling around the colonies. There were two different groups of people during this time, people who wanted to revolt and people who wanted to stay loyal to the King. In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote a brochure called Common Sense. This was a way for him to try and inspire the people of the colonies to join in the idea that revolution was the only way that the colonies could thrive in a society that wasn 't going to treat them unfairly. The ideas that Thomas Paine put into this brochure made the people of the colonies really think about how Britain treated them as people. In the intro to common sense Thomas Paine stated, "a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom." this statement makes the reader believe if what thought’s they had at the time were of their own belief. Many people at the time thought something because that is what they have always known to think, but Thomas Paine wanted to challenge their beliefs. “Now that we may suffer ourselves to examine the component parts of the English Constitution, the faults shall be found.” Here Thomas Paine makes a good point that could change the mind of those who were still loyal to the king. It basically says that if the British Government is based on a system of Checks and Balances, but the check is the House of Commons that the King himself elects, then it leads us to believe that…

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