Franklin vs Paine

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I think that Franklin and Paine both show very different temperaments in their essays. I prefer Franklin’s discussion about the Native Americans over Paine’s because he doesn’t discriminate them; rather he brings out a lot of positive aspects about the Indians. While I was reading the essay, I asked myself, ‘who is he pertaining to as the savages? The white men or the Native Americans?’ because he never described the Indians as savages, except to only simply point out that their cultures are different. It seemed to me that Franklin had a lot of respect and admiration towards the Native American Indians by the amount he quoted them. The speech at the college about educating the Indians was never quoted. The same went for the minister, who wasn’t quoted about his speech on Christianity, but rather just stated the basic subject of his sermon. Franklin quoted what the Native American says, from the subject of education to their religious views and how his perception about the white people meeting to learn good things was merely about ripping off the trade of beaver fur for less currency. Franklin (1784) writes, “whatever they pretended of meeting to learn good things, the real purpose was to consult how to cheat Indians in the price of beaver” (p. 230). In Paine’s “Common Sense”, his disposition was pretty radical thinking for that time. Paine’s essay was more persuasive, trying to convince what is in the States’ best interest. His outlook is that forming an independent nation would be better than relying on Great Britain. He tries to persuade that America’s conflict with Britain can’t be reconciled and wants to make it apparent that the idea of the British government is not best and does not protect America. Paine (1776) states, “We have boasted the protection of Great Britain without considering that her motive was interest not attachment; and that she did not protect
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