1. Thomas Paine is making a number of

1. Franklin and Red Jacket
In Benjamin Franklin’s “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America,” he guards the culture of the Native Americans. Benjamin Franklin considers both parties feelings and thoughts and he is not prejudiced towards his own customs. Even though a lot of the Colonists believed their description of culture was the best, it does not make it to be so, it might be that the so called ‘savages’ had it correct and Franklin acknowledged that. In addition, Franklin went on to protect and defend the Native Americans script, having frequent instances to have public councils; they have obtained great decency and order in conducting themselves (Baym, Robert & Arnold, 2007). Red jacket as well defends his culture and is not ashamed of it. He clearly describes the facts of how the white men treated his people. He has shown passion for his people just like Benjamin.
I think what prompted red jacket to write his piece is his desire to fight for the rights and the culture of his people. Red jacket wanted to show the reality of how the white men treated his people. He wanted to paint the image of the colonists being so uncivil. He wanted to paint the picture of how these colonists wanted to take more of their land yet they called them brothers. On the other hand, I think Benjamin was prompted to write his piece is to demonstrate the differences that we have in our cultures in which all parties think and believe that their culture is the most civilized and the best. I find both to be reliable. They are both considerate of the thoughts and feelings of both cultures.


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2. Thomas Paine’s
Thomas Paine is making a number of arguments in his piece ‘the common sense’, but basically, his arguments are based on political separation between the colonists and the Britain. One of the arguments is that being part of Britain could consign America to European battles which would hinder its international trade, which is one of America’s strong points. Another argument is that the distance between America and Britain made British rule unreasonable, due to the slowness of communications at the period (Paine, 2008). Another argument is that Britain reined the colonies for their own benefits, and placed the needs of Britain before the interests of its American colonies and the settlers living there.
Paine has structured his argument by focusing on the political separation aspect. For instance when he sums up the relation between the Britain and the colonists as ‘it is time to part’. It concisely expresses the states of the circumstances in the two nations.
The most persuasive point according to me is when Paine advises the colonists to use common sense: “There are persons too who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them the British’s increasing their number of soldiers in the colonies; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeeds, will be merciful. “Is this the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice?” I think this point is persuasive since Paine uses strong words like madness that may persuade the colonists to stop doing whatever they were doing.


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