Write an essay analyzing the style of Paine’s work, paying close attention to how the rhetoric contributes to the author’s purpose.
Thomas Paine is considered one of the most influential and persuasive American Revolutionary writers because he openly critiqued the tyranny of Britain and made his work easy to read so the lower class, who were less educated, could understand them which effectively increased the desire to want separation from Britain. He created many famous pieces of work particularly, his pamphlet, Common Sense, which sold over half a million copies and was read out loud in public to evoke the craving for revolution in Americans. Another famous work of Paine is his collection of articles altogether called The Crisis. Through the use of loose sentences, rhetorical questions, and personification Paine succeeds to create a passionate tone that contributes to his purpose which is that Americans must start a revolution to successful terminate Britain’s tyranny over America.
A key element to Paine’s writing style in this piece is his use of loose sentences and asyndeton. By having loose and lengthy sentences it effectively emphasizes his main ideas by providing many examples to support them. When Paine says, “ I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker…” he states his main idea at the beginning of the sentence which is that England has committed all of these terrible crimes so God will not be on their side and then continues to list the crimes. By listing the crimes he shows the people how many wrongful acts have been committed by England. Thus, creating anger towards Britain, and evoking that idea of rebellion.
The many rhetorical questions in this piece also help establish his main purpose by effectively putting doubts into people’s minds about England. What makes the rhetorical questions so effective is the passion and anger the reader can sense in it. When Paine says, “but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to ‘bind me in all cases whatsoever’ to his absolute will, am I to suffer it?” he...