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AN UNPAINEFUL APPEAL Thomas Paine was more than just a journalist Thrown in prison on more than one occasion because of his passionate and controversial writing Paine was one of the preeminent writers on infant Americas fight for freedom at the end of the 18th century Best known for Common Sense published in 1776 Paine also wrote The Rights of Man that when censored by the government simply increased its popularity In The Rights of Man Paine takes a humanistic approach believing strongly in the power and goodwill of man to overcome its problems and chastises governments that interfere with the natural order of society Paines primary ethical appeal is to appear sensible and benevolent by using clear unsophisticated diction and a cool relaxed style of writing Instead of using intense fervent phrases Paine relies on concise defined wording and a style of writing that entices the writer to take his side of the argument It is after all quite difficult to rebuff the notion that our own society is more Paines sensibility is plainly evident in the first paragraph where he opens with a thoughtful clearly stated sentence and continues to his thesis a short sentence that contains all he needs to set up his argument in the essay Paine wastes little time in getting to the point and rarely strays from that style The opening sentence Great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government Paine 393 unobtrusively states Paines argument and contains no unnecessary words that some writers like Edmund Burke often use for no apparent purpose The essay takes on a logical feel to it because Paine does not seem to let his disagreement with Burke overshadow his goals in the essay In addition Paine abandoned the first-person style that many of his contemporaries favored for a third-person style that makes him seem more humble and gives him credibility as being removed from
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