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In part one of Common Sense Thomas Paine persuades colonial America to revolt against Britain by arousing both positive emotions towards this goal and negative emotions towards British tyranny Paine begins by arguing that British rule can not benefit the colonies in any way He reasons that Britain both neglects the interests of the colonies and abuses its power over them Paine explains that Britain forces the colonies into conflicts with British enemies but will not involve itself in conflicts with colonial enemies Paine writes about these injustices to inspire feelings of animosity toward the British which he hopes will lead to separation from them Next Paine motivates the colonists towards separation by stating that Not one third the inhabitants even of this province are of English descent and that the colonists are a different people than the British Paine writes these lines to encourage feelings of individuality among the colonists and to make them feel separate and independent from Britain Finally Paine explains that the King abuses his arbitrary power over the colonists by putting ridiculous limits on their colonial government and attempting to govern them himself from across an ocean Paine informs the colonists of this tyranny to elicit a strong feeling of oppression by an absent unreasonable tyrant Paine hopes that this powerful emotion along with the other two will cause the colonists to break away from British rule Paines arguments in part two of Common Sense also appeal to the emotions of the reader He formulates one argument by describing a situation where a small disgruntled faction overthrew a weak government From this situation Paine infers that if the people of a community do not create a strong government for themselves some factional leader will raise to power over them While describing this point Paine creates a strong emotion of fear in the reader by explaining the results of a weak government without a constitution Next Paine discusses the evils
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