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Literary Devices in Common Sense
Literary Devices Examples in Common Sense:
III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs
"we should be at peace with France and Spain were they at war with Britain..." See in text (III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs)
This serves as an early allusion to the future neutrality of the United States. Paine, like many other colonists, didn't like the idea of being drawn into wars that were not in their territory's best interests.