Thomas paines common sense contains two powerful analogies. What are they? How do they work to strengthen paine's arguments?

Thomas Paine writes in his pamphlet "Common Sense," "because a child has thrived upon milk that it is never to have meat, or that the first twenty years of our lives is to become a precedent for the next twenty." He suggests that just because a person continues to survive on milk in adulthood just as he did through his childhood doesn't mean it is in his best interest to continue doing so. There is also no reason why a new, flourishing colony should remain dependent on its parent country.

Paine's second analogy compares a satellite (America) to its parent world (England). Satellites do not orbit a world much smaller than itself. There is no reason for the American continent to continue to orbit the island England. Small islands need to be protected by kingdoms, but a continent (America) does not need to be governed by an island (England).

You can read "Common Sense" in e-Book form courtesy of the Project Gutenberg.

Speaking of Thomas Paine, a woman in New York recently found an immaculate 1776 copy of Thomas Paine's publication titled "The American Crisis." It was read to soldiers during the Revolutionary War and is currently valued at between $120,000 and $180,000. Find out more from NEWS10 ABC.

Updated on Monday, October 13 2014 at 02:02AM EDT
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