Comparing Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

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Comparing Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

In Thomas Paine's Common Sense, there are some similarities and differences in the tone as compared to Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. Paine's approach to his work contrasts that of Jefferson's. However, they still use the same basic techniques to making their feelings known, which include examining the problem, giving reasons for why it is a problem, and offering their opinion on the solution. Jefferson's and Paine's difference in their tone is evident when examining who they are addressing the documents to, the overall layout of their documents, and the relative importance of the documents.

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These phrases communicate to the reader what has been going on, and allows Paine to give his audience a background that will allow them understanding of his propositions. Jefferson simply lists one by one, all of his charges against the king. It assumes your knowledge of events leading up to his document; if not, then you have only his facts to rely on.

One of the obvious reasons for the difference in tone between these two writers however, can simply be the situation in which both pieces of writing were constructed. This is evident even from the heading of Paine's third chapter, 'Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs.'; The word 'thoughts' can infer that what follows is simply one man's conception on how things are and how they should be; that they may not necessarily reflect the true views of one nation. In fact, Paine says this in his introductory paragraph, by disclaiming that 'perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor'; (693). By this, he obviously means that his word may not speak for all. In contrast, the Declaration of Independence is a bold and assertive document. Jefferson states that 'We hold these truths to be self-evident'; (715) and goes on to list the rights he feels

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