Thomas Paine The Crisis No 1 Analysis

Paine VS Henry Patrick Henry’s Speech To the VA Convention along with Thomas Paine’s The Crisis No. 1 were both exponentially influential and impactful pieces of work during the Pre-Revolutionary era. During this time period America was facing one essential and significant question, the question of whether or not to break away from the super power that was Britian. Henry’s speech to the convention, and Paine’s The Crisis No. 1 were both pieces of work that urged the colonist to take up arms against the British and fight tooth and nail for their independence and while both have common themes of freedom and patriotism, they are both vastly different in the respects of their language and degree of success success. Both Henry’s speech and Paines The Crisis were authoritative pieces and a leading cause of the revolution. They both use persuasive language, such as imagery and allusions to arouse the colonist into breaking out of the …show more content…
However Paine’s The Crisis takes a much more polite and even tame approach. This piece expresses the necessity of breaking out from under Britain, but suggest that war is not the only option. Instead of stressing the urgency of preparing for war, Paine asserts his position in a call for freedom, and if war happens to be the way to reach it, then they take the route. As a result of this Paine’s speech is seen as weaker than Henry’s. Where Paine’s speech is seen as gentle and polite, Henry’s speech is seen as a call to action, a reason to stand up, an insurrection even. For example in Henry’s speech he insist that war is not only the proper answer to the control of Britain, but the only option if they don't wish to constantly have a veil thrown over their eyes. Henry’s speech is so radical and poignant, the last line of his speech is “Give me liberty, or give me death.” is widely

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