Thomas Paine: Common Sense

(1776)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

Introduction

In the Introduction of Common Sense, Paine effectively establishes the incendiary tone that he would employ throughout the pamphlet. Of note here is his opening admission to professing ideas that were not necessarily popular; cleverly, he remarks that his ideas were “not yet sufficiently fashionable,” implying that no others had considered the issues as fully as he does within the pamphlet. He labels the people of America “sufferers” and “grievously oppressed,” immediately assuring all common citizens that he was sympathetic...

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