Civil Disobedience And Thoreau's Analysis

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“Shower what sufferings you like upon us, we will calmly endure all and not hurt a hair of your body. We will gladly die and will not so much as touch you. But so long as there is yet life in these our bones, we will never comply with your arbitrary laws” (Gandhi). This quote from On Civil Disobedience shows the consensus in concepts between Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr, and Mohandas K. Gandhi because the primary concept of Thoreau’s writing, Civil Disobedience, is that if the government does something a citizen does not agree with, they do not need to follow that law. Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience is a writing about the dishonesty and dishonor of the American government, both Martin Luther King Jr, and Mohandas K.…show more content…
This statement is false because Thoreau urged his readers to not follow laws that they disagree with, thus giving them more freedom by not allowing the government to control them. The idea that these writers fight for the freedom of individuals in their writings is shown in Civil Disobedience when Thoreau writes, “Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe: ‘That government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have” (Thoreau). This selection from Civil Disobedience shows that Thoreau is telling his readers that to achieve individual freedom, they must not follow the laws of the government that they disagree with. In On Civil Disobedience, Gandhi shows his conformity with Thoreau’s idea of individual freedom when he writes, “You are our sovereign, our Government, only so long as we consider ourselves your subjects. When we are not subjects, you are not the sovereign either” (Gandhi). This shows the idea of individual freedom because it shows the readers that in order to be free from government, they only need to consider themselves as an individual not part of a government, and not following the laws of that government. Both of these writers fight for the freedom of the individual to reach civil

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