Civil Disobedience, By Henry David Thoreau Essay

1076 Words Nov 2nd, 2014 5 Pages
Civil Disobedience The message of freedom has been proclaimed from the mouths of a copious amount of Americans since the time America was first established. Why is this freedom so important and valued among American citizens? The importance of it is all based on the fact that this country was founded on the principles of freedom. One thing many do ask is where should the freedom end? Stopping freedom at the enslavement of the black population was obviously too soon. However, giving freedom boundaries, of something as cruel as murder, is necessary. Henry David Thoreau was an early American writer who believed in living simply. He has taken a stance on where freedom has its place. In his well-known essay “Civil Disobedience,” written because of the Mexican American war, displays his opinion very thoroughly. This essay reaches one hundred and sixty years into the future to help influence our current society. Furthermore, in “Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau presents his opinion on freedom, and this influences the people of today in three specific ways, beginning with the large amount of conformity, the current political strife, and he also demonstrates what it is to be empowered, and through that empowers us. Initially, Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” recognizes the caving of people into conformity and encourages us to speak out against what we don’t agree with. Thoreau says in his essay, “But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no…

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