Essay on Thomas Paine 's Common Sense

1273 Words Oct 8th, 2015 6 Pages
In Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, Paine pleas with colonists not to hesitate in preparing themselves to grasp independence. Paine, insists that reconciling with England would be detrimental to America. His argument is very well supported throughout the pamphlet. Although his opinions may be clouded by personal experiences, the claims Paine makes sound like they are just “common sense.”
As an author, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense is given quite a bit of recognition in regards to stirring up the passions of colonists during the time of the Revolution. Unfortunately, Paine was not as popular as his ideas. His radical views eventually landed him as an outcast. Paine had a way of bluntly stating his ideas in a way that people from every walk of life could understand. This is why Common Sense was so monumental to the colonists. Paine used Common Sense to give hope to the colonists and make complete independence seem possible. The first issue Paine chooses to tackle in his pamphlet is the design of the government. Paine views the government in a very negative light. Although he is aware that a government is necessary, Paine writes that, “Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively, by uniting our affections; the latter negatively, by restraining our vices.” Paine says that, “The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions.” He believes that the government is necessary because…

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