"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine
An examination of Paine's contribution to the shaping of the American value system and democratic government including the revolution, rhetoric, tyranny and aims.
# 20324 | 3,600 words | 6 sources | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 19, 2003 in Political Science (Political Theory) , Literature (General)


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"The purpose of this research is to examine the rhetorical contribution of Tom Paine to the shaping of the American value structure and the legislative frame of change in the development of the democratic form of government. The plan of the research will be to use Burke's dramatistic pentad as the frame of rhetorical exploration of Paine's Common Sense, with a view toward showing the scope and limit of the document's influence on the shaping of social and political values that may be seen as an expression appropriately characterized as reflecting values and ideas that are uniquely or particularly American.
In order to understand the rhetorical significance of Common Sense in shaping the American value system, it is useful to understand the revolutionary context in which the document emerged. What must first be noted about the American Revolution..."

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