• American Transcendentalism: the Life of Spiritual Individuality
    jail. Jail is the right place for both a thief and a “just man”. The whole America government was based on majority rules; the government was based on injustice. “All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers, or backgammon… playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally...
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  • Civil Disobedience
    thoughts on voting. He says that it is "a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it." He claims further: "Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it." I always regarded voting as a political freedom the mankind strove to achieve throughout the history. Thoreau...
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  • Henry David Thoreau & Civil Disobedience
    . It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.” Thoreau viewed his protest as an individual act. He did not want to or tried to encourage others to end the war but felt...
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  • Civil Disobediance
    one virtuous man. But it is easier to deal with the real possessor of a thing than with the temporary guardian of it. All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies...
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  • Civil Disobedience and Other Essays Response Questions
    wooden gun to the people themselves; and, if ever they should use it in earnest as a real one against each other, it will split." (Page one; Section one) My thoughts: Here Mr. Thoreau states what he feels represent government in his day. He speaks of government as a sort of antique weapon...
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  • Target Corp
    ; but worst of all when you are the slave driver of yourself. (Thoreau 7) Slavery is only but one aspect of government that Thoreau did not agree with and expressed his beliefs freely. His strong onions also carried over to the U.S - Mexican war. He had a stance of non-violence, did not back this...
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  • Civil Disobedience
    . Thoreau says to simply vote for what you want is achieving nothing, voting leaves it up to chance and has no impact. Thoreau says, “A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority” (182). Thoreau did not agree with slavery and said...
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  • Thoreau on Civil Disobdience (Not Mine)
    easier to deal with the real possessor of a thing than with the temporary guardian of it. [12] All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of...
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  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
    On the Duty of Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau goes to incredible lengths to describe what he feels about all governments in general. Thoreau said, “The government is best which governs least,” Thoreau believed that a country could work best if the government did not interfere. He also...
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army. * All voting is a sort of...
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  • Civil Disobedience
    sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it” (944). Voting cannot change the system and action must be taken to sever the bonds between the citizen and the state. Thoreau would...
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  • Reaction Paper for Rizal Movie by Cesar Montano
    simple or natural human being. Although he is not a reader, Therien is nevertheless conversant and intelligent, and thus he holds great appeal for Thoreau as a sort of untutored backwoods sage. Thoreau compares the woodcutter to Walden Pond itself, saying both possess hidden depths. Read an in...
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  • The Argument of Government Laws
    David Thoreau is a speech of Thoreau’s stand on the American government. He starts off by saying that the government is useless and that it takes all of the power away from the people. Thoreau believes that the government would be best if it barely governs at all, then he goes on to say if that...
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  • Civil Disobedience
    government in people’s lives. He refuses paying the poll tax because he thinks it is used for funding the Mexican War, which would extend slavery into the new territories of the United States. He writes “All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a...
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  • A Commentary of Martin Luther King's \
    very apocalyptic tone which is linked to a sort of traditional black folk preaching, when he said the words "The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around". But he added that if he wanted to live in the mid 20th century, it was because "only when it is dark enough can you see the...
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  • Walden and Transcendentalism
    someone who had tried it. The only way, in his mind, that he was going to learn about living simply was to undergo it personally. In speaking about life in the chapter, “Where I lived and What I Lived For”, Thoreau said,“…if [life] proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it...
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  • Gifts Essay
    time you need it to find an answer, then you won’t know how to do it. Walden Essay The reason why I chose the pictures I did, was because in the essay Thoreau states that “What is a house but a sedes, a seat?- better if a country seat. I discovered many a site for a house not likely to be soon...
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  • Thoroeau's Walden
    to me at all impertinent, but, considering the circumstances, very natural and pertinent. Some have asked what I got to eat; if I did not feel lonesome; if I was not afraid; and the like. Others have been curious to learn what portion of my income I devoted to charitable purposes; and some, who have...
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  • Walden Chapter 1-3 Research Report
    did not teach for the good of my fellow-men…for a livelihood…” (Pg. 66) 12. Why does Thoreau say “do not let your left hand know what your right hand does, for it is not worth knowing.”? (Pg. 75) 13. Why does he imagine buying all of the farms around him? “In imagination I have bought all the...
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  • The Healing Power of Nature and Romantic Love
    , unremembered acts of kindness and of love." Wordsworth is blatantly stating that a mans value and worth is placed in all of the things he did out of love, to receive nothing in return. He is saying that a man is a man because he commits these acts of pure love. After reading and evaluating the works...
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