Government laws are necessary for our communities because if people do not agree with the government, it does not mean government decision are incorrect. In “Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau talks about government and points out the flaws in the government system. On the other hand, in “ The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck talk on the birth of civilization from physical and governmental issues. Although, many cases Thoreau and Steinbeck perspectives on government contradicts with each other however they both share similar thoughts about self-government. In contrast, Thoreau begins his essay by criticizing the government system, and he believed that government is ineffective because of the stringent and barbarous laws.
In Thoreau’s essay, he discusses that government rarely proves itself as a reliable government and the only way they have the greatest following is because they are the strongest. This influences more people to join their following, according to Thoreau ideology. Unlike Thoreau, King based his morals on the works of God. King was a very spiritual man from a baptist chrurch where most of his activism was born from. He stated this
Henry David Thoreau believes in a small government, and a government that governs less, is better than one that governs more, as stated in line 1 of the first paragraph. He, after being thrown in jail, believes that a government that does not govern at all, is better that one that governs a small amount. In the eyes of Thoreau the best government, is the type that does not govern at all. As stated in lines 3-4 of the first paragraph. He believes that some people use the government as a tool, such as gaining more land like what was done in the Mexican-American War.
Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” advocates for societal change. A common misconception of the essay is that it is strictly about peaceful protest. In addition to resisting civil government, Thoreau supported John Brown’s raid and movements of naturalism not for the purpose of political activism but because he truly believed in little government. As he states in his opening line, a “government is best which governs not at all”, Thoreau’s stance on small government arose from the divisive issues of the Mexican-American War and slavery (Thoreau 1). Even though this may seem to grab the attention of the public today, Thoreau’s unorthodox beliefs expressed in “Civil Disobedience” were largely ignored in most of the 19th century.
Thoreau called on man protect the forests, grassland, ecology, and the environment. 3.3. Man Should Return to Nature Thoreau lived in the period when industry developed fast in America, when most of his contemporaries were enjoying the profits brought by industrial development, Thoreau is aware of the inherent evils in industrialism. He strongly objects to man’s ruthless exploitation of nature in the name of industrialization. He loathes any kind of environmental destruction in the name of progress of civilization.
He explores the question of "Why has every man a conscience, then?" Thoreau wants man to individually think for themselves, and to morally decide what is right and wrong: ‘self-individualism'. Both urge the importance of freeing from traditional
Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience “ Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” (Brainy). Civil disobedience is breaking a law for a better reason (Suber). The purpose of civil disobedience is to change a law, or act of the government. Henry David Thoreau involvement in civil disobedience was due to personal influence, he chose to participate in civil disobedience to protest slavery and the Mexican-American war, and he did achieve success using this controversial method for standing up for what he strongly believes is right . To understand Henry David Thoreau’s role in civil disobedience one must first have knowledge of his personal life and early years.
Thoreau has very progressive ideas, valuing equality, individual beliefs, and the abolition of slavery. Thoreau was not only against slavery, but he was against people being a slave to anything. In the book The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Thoreau says that “...there’s slavery in the north, too. Every man shackled to a ten-hour-a-day job is a work-slave. Every man who has to worry about next month’s rent is a money-slave”(Lee 90).
Prior to this year I have only known him by his love of nature and poetry that of which we share. Surprisingly, I find political his ideologies to be just as compelling. Thoreau’s solution to the inequalities in social stratification is to eliminate complexity of civilization and society. Only this is not as easy as passing a law or reconstructing the government. This requires people to change what they care about and so seldom they do.
For example, he boldly states that “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” This supports Thoreau’s claim because if the government makes a law that forces you to be an agent of injustice, then you have the right to break it. In addition, Thoreau believes that the best government, is the one that does not make a lot of laws. "That government is best which governs least." A government should not dictate to the citizens, but enforce whatever is agreed among the society. We as citizens, should have the ability to know our limits, and obey certain rules without being forced.