Civil Disobedience By Henry David Thoreau Essay

1119 Words May 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Have you ever wanted to change something in society but you couldn’t because you were afraid to protest about it because you thought you might get in trouble? Civil disobedience has been around for over 150 years. It has both worked and not worked in some cases, so is it the best way to protest? This informative essay is going to prove to you why civil disobedience is the way to go when protesting. Three documents that include the theme civil disobedience are “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau, “On Nonviolent Resistance” by Mohandas K. Gandhi, and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Before you read this, you need to know the theme that will be discussed and its meaning. The theme that will be discussed is civil disobedience, which means “the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest.”

The first document that will be discussed is “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau. This document fits the theme disobedience in many ways, one notable quote that helps the document fit the theme civil disobedience is “The government is best which governs least.” This quote helps the document fit the theme civil disobedience because if a government does not govern too much, people will not have to be disobedient. If a government governs too much and applies a lot of laws that are unnecessary then people will be civilly disobedient and protest against the laws. A second quote that helps the…

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