An Analysis of Thomas Paine's, "The Crisis No. 1"

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American Lit. I Literary Analysis, period 3 11-02-99 In “The Crisis, No. 1,” Thomas Paine uses metaphors to persuade the American public to continue supporting the Revolutionary war. Thomas Paine is considered by many to be the most persuasive writer of the American Revolution. In 1776, Paine enlisted in the Continental army to fight the British. However he may have contributed on the battlefield, Paine’s greatest contribution to the war effort was through his pen, rather than his “sword.” Paine’s essay, “The Crisis, No. 1,” exemplifies his compelling style of writing; in this case, he implements powerful metaphors to achieve the effect. To better understand the effect that these metaphors have upon the reader, it is necessary to examine those that are designed to dethrone British sympathies, as well as those designed to Continue...


Throughout the entire reading, Paine ridicules the British government in an attempt to remove any British sympathies his readers may posses. He states, "...if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. "...for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. After examining examples of the two different metaphorical intents used in "The Crisis, No. His link between Britons and the devil is another implied metaphor that deprecates the character and philosophies of the British government. In addition to ridiculing the ways of the British government, Paine used his persuasive metaphors to promote and glorify some revolutionary causes: Liberty, independence, and unity. This eloquent metaphor describes liberty as a flame that is eternally fueled by a people burning with a passion for independence. This is his style that engraved his beliefs on paper, and ultimately left an indelible imprint for all of posterity. The implied metaphor of slavery is one that is designed to evoke anger in the reader. This metaphor is symbolic in that the mutual fear refers to the states' shared fear of the possible consequences resulting from losing the Revolutionary War. Secondly, Paine illustrates the sacredness of unity amongst the states in the metaphor, "Mutual fear is the principle link in the chain of mutual love, and woe be to that state that breaks the compact. Paine's metaphors appeal to both the reader's intellect and emotions. Both metaphors paint a very disparaging pictur!e of the British government; they make it appear to be comprised of a group of immoral, evil, unjust, self-serving, thieves.