Common Sense

Common Sense

Introduction This study guide “Common Sense,” by Thomas Paine: Collected Writings, The Library of America, Penguin in 1995. Please click on the literary analysis category you wish to be displayed. Back and Next buttons can guide you through all the sections or you can choose to jump from section to section using the links below …

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Common Sense : Biography

Thomas Paine was born on February 9, 1737, in Thetford, Norfolk, England, to Joseph Paine and Frances Cocke. His father was a Quaker and a stay-maker (the thick ropes on ships). Paine attended Thetford Grammar School and then was apprenticed to his fathers stay-making business at the age of thirteen. Paine had a strong connection …

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Common Sense : Theme

Appeal to ReasonPaine as a writer from the Age of Reason (1650–1790) asserts that government is not some machinery given by heaven to humans, as in the idea that kings rule by divine right. He demonstrates the eighteenth-century liberal approach to solving problems through human reason rather than relying on tradition, religion, or historical institutions. …

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Common Sense : Metaphor

Metaphors of the NationOne of Paines most effective metaphors is that of the body politic, a familiar metaphor in political writing. Metaphors comparing the state to a living body or a person make it into a living being with needs. It can be well or sick, young or old, and therefore, the state or nation …

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