I’ve learnt a lot from seeing other’s IOP presentation over the last week. Firstly, I’ve realized that my presentation is relatively wordy: I’ve included lots of supporting quotes, but they filled up the whole slide which might have seemed bit boring to the audience. I could have just focused on several quotes and analyze it [...]
In Thoreau’s Narrative Art in Civil Disobedience, Barry Wood states, “the single-minded emphasis in commentary on Civil Disobedience to the political rather than the artistic suggests a virtual blind spot even among the most sensitive critics”. Wood believes that many of Thoreau’s creative ideas may have had an influence from other people. According to Wood, [...]
Thoreau civil disobedience criticises American policies such as slavery and the Mexican war. He begins his essay by arguing that the government is completely useless and only gets its power from majority because they have the most power. He believes that people should do what they believe is right and not to follow the law [...]
When I was reading Richard Drinnon’s essay about Thoreau and his Civil Disobedience, I was especially intrigued by the prevailing argument of whether Thoreau was an individualist or an anarchist. Therefore, I was inclined to evaluate Thoreau’s opinion in the Civil Disobedience and other’s opinions about him as a political figure.
From the Civil Disobedience, [...]
An in depth response to Evan Carton’s, The Price of Privilege: “Civil Disobedience” at 150.
Evan Carton is a university lecturer who has taught Thoreau to students for years, mainly to students that are “intelligent, middle-class, well intentioned” undergraduates of the University of Texas. Carton mentions throughout his essay the thoughts that previous students have [...]
Evan Carton’s essay on Civil Disobedience focuses on students and their reactions after reading Civil Disobedience. This essay was different from the other two that we read because it focused on the reaction of other people that read it and how Carton interprets why his students acted a certain way after reading the essay. [...]
This essay, I felt, was the easiest to understand. I feel it’s the only one that broke Thoreau’s ‘Civil disobedience’ into a few bite-sized portions. Barry Wood effectively identified the focus point of Thoreau’s essay. The crux of Thoreau’s essay was, in his opinion centered around Thoreau’s night in prison. Through reading this essay bt [...]
Thoreau’s politics of the upright man – Richard Drinnon
When Richard Drinnon compares Civil Disobedience so Antigone it got me thinking what other similarities are there between these two things. He talks about libertarian views in the play but there also could be the similarity of the strength of actions such as in Antigone how [...]
Thoreau in Civil Disobedience points out to the reader that many people, who claim they’re against something are actually indirectly supporting it. On page 231 Thoreau claims that ‘ ‘There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to slavery and to the war, yet who in fact in effect do nothing to put an end [...]
In Evan Carton’s “The Price of Privilege”, he discusses how middle class American’s must feel the guilt of being apart of “a social engine that seems theirs to ride but not to steer” – an engine that can be tied to the perpetration of immoral acts, but an engine that they are inextricably tied to. [...]
Thoreau has a rather pessimistic view of the government. He seems to think that there are few good people left in the world. I was initially confused about Thoreau’s view of rebelling against the government by not paying taxes as he seemed to think that the money was used wastefully in the war, slavery etc. [...]
I thought civil disobedience would be quite boring to read, but after I finished it I was convinced by Thoreau’s arguments and got interested in his thoughts as well. Initially, I’ve thought that his arguments were quite invalid: how can slavery and war simply disappear just by not paying tax to the government? But Thoreau’s [...]
In ‘Civil Disobedience’ Thoreau paints a disturbing picture of the US government and society in general. Thoreau’s opinion of how the government has abused their powers is obviously very critical. He is opposed to ‘big government’, believing that government should be involved in people’s lives as little as possible. This is still a commonly held [...]
Wow… Never taken so long to read 20 pages. It’s an essay, not even a novel.
Surprisingly it was pretty interesting. Well, by that I mean that part that I understood was pretty interesting. I’m not going to say I agree with everything, but what Thoreau says usually has some sense and reason behind it. [...]
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 [...]
I thought that the speech was a little complicated. However, through reading it, I learnt a lot. A lot of things that Thoreau says in his speech make a lot of sense especially if we think through his analogies and what he says. I’m quite confused about his point in some parts, but the main [...]
I thought this was a very well thought essay, I especially liked when he contests that people should follow what they think is right and not just what believes is right. This essay has a way of getting you to believe in what he says and thinks, which really made me think over everything about [...]
I thought that Thoreau’s passion about the end to slavery and the war against Mexico was very evidently sincere. It would seem that not only was Thoreau an early abolitionist, but also an early anarchist (and early socialist from the argument he makes later when he demands a better government before no government). I also [...]
Researchers use “Walden” author’s tables of flowering dates in 1840s Massachusetts to show temperature has risen 2.4 C.
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