In order to elaborate upon this, he employs the use of pathos in hopes that they might be more cautious of taking a violent stance. According to the prompt Cesar states “If we resort to violence then one of two things will happen: either violence will be escalated and there will be many injuries and perhaps deaths…”.
Both Civil Disobedience and the Gandhi article are alike based on the fact they both discuss civil disobedience, attending prison, and standing for one’s beliefs. Civil disobedience can be seen as a good thing and a bad thing depending on to what extent one is breaking the laws. Some people may break the law because they feel that it is unfair to them but others break the for the simple fact of doing what they want in order for it to benefit themselves. Laws are meant for the majority which means even if they are not pertaining to certain citizens. Thoreau targeted laws that pertained to him, Gandhi went on strike for the better of his country and people.
Nothing forces an individual to disobey. Disobedience stems from a refusal to submit to authorities. The nation of America began as a refusal to submit to an overpowering government and a willingness to follow a government of their own authority. They decided to govern themselves because early Americans understood the importance of an individual in a society, which is why the Founding Fathers started the Constitution of the United States of America with “We the People.” the Foundering Fathers created an American identity based on the individual; an individual who will rebel against tyrannical authorities and who will willingly submit to a government that protects him and provides for him.
Throughout the history of mankind, power has always been exercised on people as a way to suppress civil disobedience. Most of the time, resistance was and is still being produced as a backlash to the exercise of power. Foucault stated that: “Where there is power, there is resistance.” (1998:95) People have used different kinds of resistance to meet brutality such as acquiescence, physical violence and nonviolent resistance as stated by Martin Luther King in his article named “Three Ways of Meeting Oppression“.
Because it goes against Emerson’s ideas of opposition to the mainstream ways, he would want less democracy because a democracy is a group that is indirectly controlled by the agreed majority. 5. Was Emerson a liberal or conservative -- and in what ways? a. Emerson, in my opinion, was mostly a conservative because the beliefs of this political view support the solving of problems by a single person. He emphasized this through the display of independent decision making.
Gandhi tied his political and religious beliefs together and represented himself as an advocate for piece. For this reason he rejected the idea of teaming workers struggles with a campaign for British withdrawal, and thus was worried about workers and rank-and-file soldiers combining in action, as things would become very violent. Although he opposed one caste oppressing another he never in fact came out directly for the abolition of the caste system himself. Pacifists cite Gandhi as the shining example of how non-violent civil disobedience works successfully. Yet, as an advocate for non-violence he publically pledged not to embarrass the British, and that he would lend moral support for the Allies.
In her home state Alabama, the civil rights movement was the main focus because the blacks and white were segregated. The African Americans were not allowed to drink water from the fountains of white Americans. They were not allowed to enter in the rooms and hotels of white people. The white Americans had rights to humiliate them because they were forced to leave seats for white people in public transportations. In 1955, Rosa Parks got a prominent place after refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus.
Racism against Black People in the United States Amal Mohamed Qatar University Racism against Black People in the U. S Fifty years ago, a black American woman named Rosa Parks refused to leave her seat on a bus she was riding on her way to her home in Montgomery, Alabama, in the United States after finishing a busy day working as a tailor. The Jim Crow laws in the States at the time stipulated that blacks pay the ticket price from the front door, board the bus from the back door, and sit in the back seats, while the whites have the front seats. It's even one of the rights of the driver order the black seated passengers to leave their seats in order to be seated by a white person. That day, Parks deliberately didn't give up her seat to one of the white passengers and insisted on her position, simply refusing to give up her right to sit on the seat she chose.
In the text, “Civil Rights Leaders: Martin Luther King Jr., it states, “King eloquently spelled out his theory of nonviolence: Nonviolent action seeks to create a crisis, so that a community is forced to confront the issue and deal with it.” This piece of text evidence reinforces that Martin Luther King was anguished by the violence that was happening and didn’t want the world to be an unsafe and cruel. As a result, MLK spent his time and efforts, trying to rehabilitate society and make a peaceful world for everyone. He wanted people to be kind and peaceful when it came to standing up for themselves. He wanted there to be nonviolent protests and therefore, was resolute in his belief to end a violent and unkind world.
Rosa Parks is known for the mother of civil rights;her knowledge in civil rights led to her rebellion against racism and hate. When Rosa was younger she was very aware of Jim crow laws. Black people had to ride different busses than white people to school(."Montgomery”). She went to a public school at age eleven and later dropped out to take care of her grandma.
The government's flawed state can be corrected by the action of an individual. Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience heavily reinforces this idea by presenting novel concepts regarding the role, responsibilities, and options of individuals, as they pertain to government, throughout the course of the text. The text was written in 1894 during the time of the Mexican American war when the US government, and the people it represented, found itself in a turbulent, uncertain state. Thoreau’s mission was to inform other transcendentalists and civilians in the United States about the actions they could and should have taken against government when unacceptable forms of rule arose. Although many Americans believed achieving reform was impossible through the actions of individuals, Thoreau’s belief was that independent and just strides could be enough to make considerable change; this becomes clear when Thoreau says, “It is not as important that many should be as good as you, as that may be some absolute goodness, for that will leaven the lump”
Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” speaks to many political issues and how to handle them. He felt the government was corrupt for their continual use of slavery and that one “cannot without disgrace be associated with it” (150). On the point of the government enforcing laws, Thoreau calls for men to do nothing. By nothing, he means to not give the government power over them which would effectively be “peaceable revolution” (154). Americans complain about the way the government is run, yet they do nothing while allowing the government to do as they please.
The main similarity in the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Henry David Thoreau is the idea of revolution against an abusive government. The main difference is the context in which each document was written, the Declaration of Independence as the colonies were rebelling against Great Britain and forming their own government, and Civil Disobedience as criticisms of the government developed within nearly seventy-five years after the signing of the Declaration. Both Jefferson and Thoreau share ideas of revolution, although overthrowing the government is seen in many cases as illegal. Both documents share a common theme of revolution, and both authors believe the best way to move toward a better government is civil disobedience. Jefferson and Thoreau believe that whether it is the struggle for independence or being freed from injustices of the government, civil disobedience and revolution are necessary in order to live in a society based on freedom.
The purpose of Thoreau's "Resistance to Civil Government" is to make an argument between what is right and what is convenient. He describes the dangers of listening and agreeing with everything a government says, or any large group of people, instead of paying attention to one's own conscience. Thoreau relates this idea to one personal experience he had when he was forced to spend a night in jail for refusing to pay a poll tax. He describes how the instance made him feel and how it differentiated from the way he saw his village. Before he understood how his everyday actions were similar to his knowledge of a larger democracy and government.