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In Thomas Paines Common Sense there are some similarities and differences in the tone as compared to Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence Paines approach to his work contrasts that of Jeffersons 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 Jeffersons and Paines 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 Thomas Paine constructs Common Sense as an editorial on the subject of the relationship between the Colonies and Great Britain Through the paper he hopes to educate his fellow Americans about this subject In his introduction he says he feels that there is a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong which gives it a superficial appearance of being right 693 He is alluding to the relationship also calling it a violent abuse of power 693 This choice of words is similar to those of Jefferson who asserts that the king had established an absolute tyranny over the states Both men set an immediate understanding about their feelings towards the rule of Great Britain over the States However where Common Sense seems to be an opinionated essay Thomas Jefferson writes somewhat of a call to battle Paine generally seems to be alerting his readers to the fact that there is more going on than they are aware of Jefferson on the other hand begins his declaration by stating When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another 715 Unlike Paine this seems to presuppose that readers are aware of the plight of the nation and Jefferson is announcing that the time has come to take a stand The main part of Common
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