Wood describes Paine as a brilliant writer, a man who “lived by the pen” (222). Paine’s writing reflected general American thought concerning politics and society, and Wood credits him with being able to succinctly express revolutionary thought in the best way it was ever written (213). However, Paine is not considered to be one of the American founding fathers. According to Wood, although Paine was close to the American people, able to articulate many of the founders’ ideals, “he was not an original thinker” (210). In the end he “died by the pen” because he was so different from the other founders in his demeanor, background, and professional pursuits (222). Paine was different; he considered himself a “citizen of the world” and loved not the American people or country, but the symbol and the cause of America itself. He passionately espoused ideals thought up by others who were fighting for the American country, people, AND cause.
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