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Jordan shows how in Common Sense Paine turns George III into a "pretended father" who cruelly slays his American children and hence turns the American revolt into an act of symbolic regicide.(11) In his Letter to George Washington, Paine engages in a more elaborate patricide - discrediting the false, treacherous father whom he, himself, replaces as America's true father.
If Common Sense is the symbolic regicide of the false royal father, the Letter to Washington constitutes the revisionist patricide of the "false" democratic father.
It was an act of revisionist patricide by which he silenced a rival and rationalized his resentments.