Civil Disobedience – Thoreau (Personal Reflection)

Reading the 20 pages Civil Disobedience took a lot of time to read and reread because it was very difficult to understand but the worksheets helped a lot. I felt that I spend a lot of time trying to decipher what each paragraph meant so I didn’t get the general idea of the whole 20 pages. What I did understand was that he stood up for what he believed in and he thinks that just protest or the weak attempts people make at rebellion is not enough. He said that his time in prison was rewarding and actually much more free than his time outside and I felt that it was a really interesting distinction that he made. I kind of understand his point because real life gives us a lot of confinements and we have to obey laws set by people we’ve never met or talked to or discussed with yet they call it a democracy.

Reading the Emerson part was much easier to understand and it most described how Thoreau was a really great person that people didn’t really appreciate until too late.

I still feel that I don’t understand the general passage much and I will need to read it over again and ask a lottt of questions.

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