Common Sense

 

Excerpt 1

"A government of our own is our natural rightit is infinitely wiser and safer to form a constitution of our own in a cool deliberate manner…"

What words does he use to appeal to the reader?

 

 

 

Why might a person in colonial America want to agree with Paine?

 

 

 

 

Excerpt 2

There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of MonarchyThe state of a king shuts him from the World, yet the business of a king requires him to know it thoroughly; wherefore the different parts, by unnaturally opposing and destroying each other, prove the whole character to be absurd and useless.

Why might a person in colonial America want to agree with Paine?

 

 

 

What words does he use to appeal to the reader?

 

 

Excerpt 3

there is something absurd, in supposing a Continent to be perpetually governed by an island. In no instance hath nature made the satellite larger than its primary planet; England and America reverse the common order of nature…they belong to different systems. England to Europe: America to itself.

What images does Paine use here to make his point?

 

 

 

Why might a person in colonial America want to agree with him?

 

Excerpt 4

But Britain is the parent country, say some. Then the more shame upon her conduct. Even brutes do not devour their young, nor savages make war upon their families;

This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster…

What images does Paine use here to make his point?

 

 

 

 

Why might a person in colonial America want to agree with him?

 

Excerpt 5

O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose not only the tyranny but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the Globe…O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.

What is he trying to get people to do? Why might they do it?

 

 

 

 

What words does Paine use to evoke strong emotion?

 

 

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