I am assigned to write an essay by reading the book " common sense " in MLA format

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i have to write 5 body paragraph essay more than 800 words on this book called "common sense". it is my history class

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Common sense
Common sense by Thomas Maine is a pamphlet that was published in 1776 that called
for America’s independence from the British as well as the establishment of a democratic
government after independence. In the pamphlet, Maine documented all the reasons America
should strive for its freedom from British rule. His disdain for the monarchy is well expressed as
he finds the logic behind this form of government flawed. He points out that trying to rule
another country across the ocean was very impractical. It was an administrative nightmare
because it took months for news to travel from England to America. This made it impossible to
invoke laws or address issues effectively since communication took too long, and as a result,
there was no coherency between England and its colony. Through this controversial document,
Thomas Maine was able to become one of the biggest advocates for the American Revolution; he
was able to unite the colonists by opening their eyes on how the British were holding them back
and exploiting them to serve their own interests
His argument begins with his reflections on government and religion. He, first of all,
defines society as all that is constructive and good that brings people together in hopes of
accomplishing something. The government, on the other hand, is described as an institution that
is meant to protect the citizenry from their own vices. The role of the government according to
Maine is to protect life, liberty, and property. With this understanding, he goes on to demonstrate

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how society is better off when they are in control of the laws that govern them. He, therefore,
argues for a representative or a democratic system in place of a monarchy. He also criticizes the
British system of government accusing it of being too complicated and rife with contradictions.
The British system according to Paine has no checks and balances because the monarchy in itself
is too powerful and this eventually breeds tyranny. He even uses biblical references to show that
God does not approve of kings. He only allowed kings to exist after the Jews demanded one. In

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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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