The American crisis by Thomas Paine Essay

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During 1776, the United States was at war to gain its own independence from the hands of the tyrant King George III and his kingdom. As the fightt continued, the spirits of the U.S. soldiers began to die out as the nightmares of winter crawled across the land. Thomas Paine, a journalist, hoped to encourage the soldiers back into the fight through one of his sixteen pamphlets, “The American Crisis (No.1)”. In order to rebuild the hopes of the downhearted soldiers, Thomas Paine establishes himself as a reliable figure, enrages them with the crimes of the British crown, and, most importantly evokes a sense of culpability. The initial paragraphs of Paine’s pamphlet establish to his audience that he is a reliable figure. While Paine talks …show more content…
In establishing to claim God is with the audience and that God will not give up on the audience, Paine makes himself seem as a more reliable person by connecting with his audience through similar beliefs, but also continuing to have a firm, determined tone in his words but using words like “will” instead of “might”. It is this language that allows Paine to create a unifying bridge with his audience to go on in his speech in order to achieve his purpose of rebuilding his audience’s hope. After establishing himself as a trustworthy friend to his audience by connecting with them and being confident, Paine continues to work to achieve his purpose by infuriating his audience with the corrupted actions of the British crown. Paine syllogistically premises “the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us,” and then logically concludes that the king is, “a common murder, a highway man … [and a] housebreaker” (108). The use of the ad hominem fallacy here gets the audience angry who the king really is and that he, “look[s] up to the heavens for help”, for trying to use the audience’s religion against them to take the their independence, the audience becomes irritated by the thoughts that the king is using a corrupted action in order to take over their home (108). Additionally, Paine’s syllogistic emphasis that the king is a “thief” who is taking, destroying, and killing

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