Part 1- You will write a literary analysis research paper on any TWO of the readings (including poetry) from this term. Your paper should be a compare and contrast essay, focusing on the speaker’s use of literary devices in the two readings.
Research question: How does the declaration of independence and the pamphlet common sense relate to the enlightenment period? How did the two writings help patriotism grow in the United states ?
Declaration of independence
Common sense excerpts
I challenge the warmest advocate for reconciliation to show a single advantage that this
continent can reap by being connected with Great Britain. I repeat the challenge; not a single
advantage is derived. . .
2. Though I would carefully avoid giving unnecessary offence, yet I am inclined to believe,
that all those who espouse the doctrine of reconciliation, may be included within the following
3. Interested men, who are not to be trusted, weak men who CANNOT see, prejudiced men
who will not see, and a certain set of moderate men who think better of the European world
than it deserves; and this last class, by an ill-judged deliberation, will be the cause of more
calamities to this Continent than all the other three.
4. It is the good fortune of many to live distant from the scene of present sorrow; the evil is not
sufficiently brought to their doors to make them feel the precariousness with which all
American property is possessed. But let our imaginations transport us a few moments to
Boston; that seat of wretchedness will teach us wisdom, and instruct us forever to renounce a
power in whom we can have no trust. The inhabitants of that unfortunate city, who but a few
months ago were in ease and affluence, have now no other alternative than to stay and starve,
or turn out to beg. Endangered by the fire of their friends if they continue within the city and
plundered by the soldiery if they leave it, in their present situation they are prisoners without
the hope of redemption, and in a general attack for their relief they would be exposed to the
fury of both armies.
5. Men of passive tempers look somewhat lightly over the offences of Great Britain, and, still
hoping for the best, are apt to call out, “Come, come, we shall be friends again for all this.”
But examine the passions and feelings of mankind: bring the doctrine of reconciliation to the
touchstone of nature, and then tell me whether you can hereafter love, honour, and faithfully
serve the power that hath carried fire and sword into your land? If you cannot do all these,
then you are only deceiving yourselves, and by your delay bringing ruin upon posterity. Your
future connection with Britain, whom you can neither love nor honour, will be forced and
unnatural, and being formed only on the plan of present convenience, will in a little time fall
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into a relapse more wretched than the first. But if you say, you can still pass the violations
over, then I ask, hath your house been burnt? Hath your property been destroyed before your
face? Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? Have you lost
a parent or a child by their hands, and yourself the ruined and wretched survivor? If you have
not, then are you not a judge of those who have. But if you have, and can still shake hands
with the murderers, then are you unworthy the name of husband, father, friend or lover, and
whatever may be your rank or title in life, you have the heart of a coward, and the spirit of a
sycophant. . .
6. O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand
forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted
round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. —Europe regards her like a
stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in
time an asylum for mankind.”
https://quizlet.com/96305769/rhetorical-figures-in-thomas-paines-common-sense-flash-cards/ Examples of literary devices in the pamplet common sense
The New Colossus – explain how this may compare to the declaration of independence? And how it relates to enlightenment writings
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”