Civil Disobedience, By Henry David Thoreau Essay

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*Resistance to being governed by anyone’s law but one’s own has been a part of the early American history. The Thirteen colonies rose together to fight in the American Revolution for their moral and ethical conscience. Then again in 1849, Henry David Thoreau delivered his essay Civil Disobedience proclaim his refusal to comply to the government. Two different times in history but both show a high moral and ethical standard that ruled their actions. Herman Melville delivers a similar presentation with his short story “Bartleby”.
*The law and government seems to be the focal point of Melville’s short story and through the law people get their freedom to coexist peacefully among each other. When the government and law work together there is peace in the life of people. The problem comes when the government takes over and through the law dictates to its leisure. “Bartleby” consists of the different aspects of the law and government that has slacked in their moral and ethical values that it was founded on.
*Henry David Thoreau begins his essay Civil Disobedience with the statement "That government is best which governs least", followed subsequently by the statement “That government is best which governs not at all". Thoreau’s statements calls upon the state of the government and its rule. In the same way this statement relates to the character of the Lawyer and Bartleby. The Lawyer is described as “a man who, from his youth upwards, has been filled with a profound conviction…

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