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.
When Henry later found out someone paid his taxes to let him out of jail, he seemed quite mad about the issue. This problem later inspired Thoreau to write his essay “Civil Disobedience”. Thoreau’s idea of civil disobedience was where there are less people running the government, the better it is. Because of the hassle of Thoreau getting arrested, his essay was an inspiration to many people. Some of them were Martin Luther King Junior, Leo Tolstoy, and Mahatma
Why have leaders? Why not embrace anarchy where decision-making and power are shared evenly among community members? Although this system would seem to ensure peace, harmony, and equality within society, it may foster complacency and stunt progress. This idea of how power should be distributed within a group has perplexed society for years, and John Steinbeck explores this theme while describing a family’s experience during the Great Depression. By presenting differing types of communities in his novel The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck demonstrates the impact of leadership and lack thereof.
Steinbeck’s pure curiosity led him to want to write about, and discover America. “I had not heard the speech of America, smelled the grass and trees and sewage, seen its hills and water, its color and quality of light,” (Steinbeck 5). This quote shows what he wants to find out about America. These quotes show why Steinbeck wanted to discover America. Steinbeck had set out to find out about the people, cultures, and lands of America.
From the publication of East of Eden to today the rights and empowerment of women have escalated exponentially. Women are no longer obligated to follow the nurturing mother ideal; they can be independent and strong. Then, in the novel, East of Eden, some believe the author oversimplifies his female characters by filing them into either traditional, caring mothers or heinous villains. However, Steinbeck utilizes their simple, one-dimensional archetypes to show how complex his female roles truly are through subtle details. Within the novel, most female characters are designated into the class of typical, loving mother types, but they are each defined separately within their cohort.
I love you better” (Steinbeck 28). Steinbeck creates this biblical allusion to illustrate the paternal rejection and the eventual impact it creates on each of the children. Unlike the Trasks, Steinbeck describes the Hamiltons as a united and loving family. However, a similar situation occurs in their family when the narrator states, “Of all his daughters Una was Samuel’s greatest joy (Steinbeck 275).” Providing the reader with a
While referencing big business in the West he begins using first person towards the audience saying “you might yourself”, “you could know”, and “you might survive”. Steinbeck makes this move to make the audience apart of the story rather than just leaving them as readers. Though instead of using pathos to help the readers feel the suffering that the migrant families are feeling; he makes it so that the audience becomes the big businesses by addressing the readers in first person. By writing the last half of the chapter in this manner Steinbeck is showing the selfishness and cruelty that dwells within these businesses. By saying that “you might preserve yourself” Steinbeck makes the readers feel the selfishness of big business.
Under the circumstance Thoreau describes I do believe that civil disobedience is a duty. However, I think that Thoreau greatly exaggerates the conditions he was in at the time and takes a very narrow view of his setting. I agree with Thoreau's arguments that when the government is to the point of falling apart and harming citizens then people need to revolute against the government. I particularly like his analogy to the friction in the machine, symbolizing that the ends do not justify the means. Furthermore, I think that Thoreau is correct in pointing out how people behave when they notice something is wrong, but take no action to fix it.
Actually, there is no class division at all: Rousseau’s society is a classless and a party-less one; otherwise, the creation of factions would lead the wealthiest people to pursue their own interests, and they would have the money to corrupt all the other voters. It is also the only government that ensures to its citizens the same liberty that they were enjoying in the state of nature, because nobody is imposing their own laws to the people, but they are doing what it is best for their own interests. They are free to choose their own laws according to the general will. It is very different from the ideas of government of Hobbes and Locke. The former, for Rousseau, has created a model of an authoritarian government which totally deprives men of their freedom; while the latter, who has based the need of a government on the protection of private property, has created a model of government that promotes
John Steinbeck plays a significant role in the literary works of the American society because of the unique attributes of language and art that he applied to his social perception of society during his era. Being born of a middle-class family in the February of 1902, John was inspired into the arts by his mother, a teacher, he later took on six years of literature and creative courses at Standford without obtaining a degree. After college, the young Steinbeck wrote his first novel, Cup of Gold, in 1929, but it was the novel Tortilla Flat in 1935 that gave Steinbeck his successful debut. His published works shaped many social and politic aspects of life in the 20th century. He was known as a “realist” or a “naturalist” when it came to how