Search Results

Free Essays
Unrated Essays
Better Essays
Stronger Essays
Powerful Essays
Term Papers
Research Papers

Your search returned over 400 essays for "Disobedience"
1  2  3  4  5    Next >>

These results are sorted by most relevant first (ranked search). You may also sort these by color rating or essay length.

Title Length Color Rating  
The Pros and Cons of Civil Disobedience - Civil disobedience is the refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation, characterized by the use of passive resistance or other nonviolent means. The use of nonviolence runs throughout history however the fusion of organized mass struggle and nonviolence is relatively new. The militant campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain included a variety of nonviolent tactics such as boycotts, noncooperation, limited property destruction, civil disobedience, mass marches and demonstrations....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays] 1017 words
(2.9 pages)
FREE Essays [view]
The Need For Civil Disobedience - To grasp the meaning of Civil Disobedience one would have to say that it means the refusal to obey the civil laws so that the government can change the policy or legislation, characterized by the use of. I have read Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience and the obligation that your conscience mind follows and in reading this it states that people should not let the governments overrule or atrophy their consciences and that we as people are obligated to not allow the government to make them agents of any type of injustice....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 9 Works Cited
1281 words
(3.7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Case Against Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience is a deliberate violation against the law in order to invoke change against a government policy. Civil disobedience can come in the form of running a red light or j-walking, or in more noticeable methods such as riots. Coined by American author and poet Henry David Thoreau, the term has developed to define the act of disobeying a law one sees as unfit or unjust. Usually the purpose of civil disobedience is to gain public attention to a perceived injustice and appeal to or gain support from the public in a non-violent way....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays] 913 words
(2.6 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
The Value of Civil Disobedience - In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr passed away from a sniper’s bullet. He gave us thirteen years of nonviolent protest during the civil rights movement of the 1950’s. Before I can give my opinion on the history of race relations in the United States since King’s assassination in 1968 strengthened or weakened his arguments on the necessity and value of civil disobedience. You should know the meaning of civil disobedience. The word civil has several definitions. “The one that is intended in this case is "relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state", and so civil disobedience means "disobedience to the state"....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays] 1102 words
(3.1 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Dworkin, Thoreau, and Civil Disobedience - In Ronald Dworkin’s “Taking Rights Seriously,” he argues that the government cannot restrict the rights of individuals to do what they feel is morally right, as long as those individuals are willing to pay the legal consequences. In Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” he argues that men must always do what they think is right, especially when they think an aspect of government is not working. These arguments advocate civil disobedience in order to uphold one’s morals, but each has flaws regarding the relationship between the individual and society that must be fixed before the theories can be applied to society as a whole....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 2 Works Cited
1470 words
(4.2 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Need For Civil Disobedience - Martin Luther King stated “Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.” Conscience is the main sense of human being that helps to distinguish what is wrong and what is right. Thus, conscience has to be a main driving force when people encounter unjust laws of government....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 4 Works Cited
1158 words
(3.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Thoreau's Civil Disobedience and Walden - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American philosopher, author, poet, abolitionist, and naturalist. He was famous for his essay, “Civil Disobedience”, and his book, Walden. He believed in individual conscience and nonviolent acts of political resistance to protest unfair laws. Moreover, he valued the importance of observing nature, being individual, and living in a simple life by his own values. His writings later influenced the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. In “Civil Disobedience” and Walden, he advocated individual nonviolent resistance to the unjust state and reflected his simple living in the nature....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays] 1527 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Direct Action and Civil Disobedience - Although the environmental movement is one that involves people from all around the world sharing similar ideals, there is also a growing divide between the regular environmentalists and the extremists. Peaceful protests, boycotts and letter writing have categorized much of the environmental movement. However, starting around the 1990s certain environmental groups became disappointed and overwhelmed with frustration that nothing was being accomplished by simply following the rules. This is when civil disobedience, law breaking and monkey wrenching began to make headlines....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 7 Works Cited
1435 words
(4.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience and Change - How has civil disobedience been used to engender change. The human race has a long history of disobedience, beginning in the early biblical texts with the story of Adam and Eve. There are also many examples of civil disobedience the permeate known human history that include various forms of civil disobedience, including mass exodus, boycott, strike, non-cooperation and conscientious objection. Henry David Thoreau was a pioneer of modern civil disobedience when he refused to pay a poll tax because he believed the money would be used to fund the Mexican War....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 4 Works Cited
1050 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
America Needs Civil Disobedience - Civil disobedience, showing defiance against obeying a law or accepting a principle deemed unjust by his or her conscience. Advocates of civil disobedience, usually used as a form of passive resistance, use their morals to support their illegal actions for the sake of bringing awareness to their plight. Many faced beatings, imprisonment, and even death for pursuing a change and a revolution. The strategy of breaking laws has evoked the controversy of the integrity of civil disobedience. The proclaimers of civil disobedience have many points that obviously substantiate their views on the topic....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 5 Works Cited
1123 words
(3.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Importance of Civil Disobedience - For as long as there have been rulers, there has been disunity between rulers and ruled. Citizens have always found ways to show their disapproval of governmental decisions and demanded action. Civil Disobedience has existed since the ancient Greek . From Antigone's defiance of Creon over Ghandi's Salt march in India to the Occupy Movement. What does the aforementioned mean. Civil Disobedience, the term formulated by Henry David Thoreau, in his essay in 1848, to describe his refusal to pay the state poll tax, to fund the U.S....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 7 Works Cited
1612 words
(4.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience and It's Relation to the Democratic Process - Everything in the universe is a system that must progress, and in order to progress, it must consume and test the realities around it. Throughout the history of humanity, individuals and groups have always defied laws that they believe are unjust and have always moved to progress society based on either their own motives. The idea of Democracy is revolutionary; it is a microcosm of the collective reality because different entities always come together in a feedback loop in order for their motives to coalesce and balance each other out....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 6 Works Cited
1526 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience: Freedom Fighters or Criminals? - “No radical change on the plane of history is possible without crime,” This quote from Hermann Keyserling is just one of many statements that help describe the meaning and true raw power of Civil Disobedience. Civil disobedience as defined by Merriam Webster is the “refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government”. The most promising and understandable of the definitions of Civil Disobedience would be that given to us by Gandhi from India “Compassion in the form of respectful disagreement”....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 9 Works Cited
878 words
(2.5 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau - “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau was a means of educating people on why they should not settle for a less than perfect government. Thoreau’s work is a reminder that it is our duty to throw off an unsatisfactory government, as stated by Thomas Jefferson in the “Declaration of Independence.” Civil Disobedience touches on the subject of why people choose to do nothing about a government they are unhappy with. People fear the consequences they might suffer if they do interfere with the current government....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays] 1167 words
(3.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - Civil disobedience has been around for a long time. In Bible times Christians would disobey laws that would go against their beliefs, such as the law that they couldn’t preach. (Acts 4) Christians still disobey laws in many countries that do not let them practice their faith, some end up in jail or killed. In the past in this country, Thoreau wrote an essay on Civil disobedience saying that people make the law and have a right to disobey unjust laws, to try and get those laws changed. Under British rule in India, the British were harshly oppressive and only interested in exploiting products from India for their own use, causing many Indians to become extremely poor....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 2 Works Cited
577 words
(1.6 pages)
FREE Essays [view]
Civil Disobedience - The political concepts of justice and how a society should be governed have dominated literature through out human history. The concept of peacefully resisting laws set by a governing force can be first be depicted in the world of the Ancient Greeks in the works of Sophocles and actions of Socrates. This popular idea has developed over the centuries and is commonly known today as civil disobedience. Due to the works of Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. civil disobedience is a well-known political action to Americans; first in the application against slavery and second in the application against segregation....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 2 Works Cited
932 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - Abstract Civil disobedience is the term assigned to actions taken by individuals to sway public opinion about laws that individuals deem unfair or unjust. Actions taken are usually nonviolent, and can include sit-ins, mass demonstrations, picket lines, and marches. Citizens are acting on their consciences, demonstrating highly advanced moral reasoning skills. Generally, these advanced skills fall into Kohlberg’s Six Stages of Moral Development, Stage Five and Six in particular. Characteristics of civil disobedience include no expression of anger, no cursing or insults, no retaliation, and submission to punishment by law enforcement....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 7 Works Cited
1516 words
(4.3 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Was the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre a Failure of Civil Disobedience? - The 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in China or the June Fourth Incident was one of the most famous student protests in the world’s history. The Massacre took place on June 4th 1989 – the last day of a series of pro-democracy demonstrations around Tiananmen Square beginning from April 14. The Tiananmen protest ended in tragic failure and bloodbath as the Chinese state decided to put down the protest with a martial law. At last, army troops and tanks were sent to take control of the city and were ordered to clear the square by firing at the crowd of protesters....   [tags: Tiananmen Square, Civil Disobedience]
:: 5 Works Cited
1538 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Significance And History Of Civil Disobedience - Introduction Civil disobedience has always been a debated and polar opinionated topic since the first days that it was presented. Whenever it comes to going against a law that is set in stone as something to abide by in a society, some controversial actions are going to follow. The person who played the role as somewhat of a backbone in this movement was Henry Thoreau. In 1849, when Henry Thoreau re-iterated the idea of civil disobedience to the people of American following the Mexican war, it was viewed by some as extremely controversial, some viewed it as treason, and then there were the followers that were completely accepting of it and felt it necessary....   [tags: Protest Social Civil Disobedience] 1968 words
(5.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Civil Disobedience of Antigone and the Teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. - From the monarchs of the ancient era to the democracy of today, order has been maintained by means of rules and regulations known as laws. Compliance with these laws is enforced through punishments ranging in severity according to the crimes committed to reduce violence and misconduct from individuals within a society. However, just as citizens consent to abide by the laws of the state in which they reside, one is compelled to preserve justice and condemn the unjust decisions of man when the social contract contradicts the laws sanctioned by God....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays] 1396 words
(4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Martin Luther King Jr. and John Brown's Civil Disobedience - Civil disobedience is a form of non-violent direct action and respectful disagreement. Martin Luther King Jr. is most famous for his role in leading the African American Civil Rights Movement and using non-violent civil disobedience to promote his beliefs. He strongly believed that civil disobedience was the way to eliminate racial segregation against African Americans. While leading a protest march on the streets, King was arrested and sent to jail. In jail, he read an article written by a group of clergymen arguing against King’s acts of civil disobedience, saying that racial segregation should be negotiated in the courts, rather than in the streets, and accused King of causing unnecessary...   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 5 Works Cited
1602 words
(4.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience: The Curious Case of Edward Snowden - More than six months after first sending shockwaves through the world, Edward Snowden is alive, not imprisoned, and still making daily headlines. A former National Security Agency contractor, Snowden was responsible for revealing to the American public the existence of enormous, secret governmental surveillance programs, tactics that irrefutably border unconstitutionality. He gave up his freedom and ultimately his way of life in revealing how the NSA was harvesting and storing global phone records and text messages, the majority sent by ordinary American citizens....   [tags: Civil Disobedience]
:: 3 Works Cited
359 words
(1 pages)
FREE Essays [view]
Thoreau’s Act of Civil Disobedience - Thoreau was once sent to jail for refusing to pay his taxes and I support this episode of civil disobedience as justified. Thoreau did not pay his taxes because he objected the use of the revenue to finance the Mexican War and enforcement of slavery laws. He did not request for his money to be used for the enforcement of slavery laws, therefore felt he had the right to protest and act out civil disobedience. Paul Harris defines civil disobedience as "an illegal, public, nonviolent, conscientiously motivated act of protest, done by someone who accepts the legitimacy of the legal and political systems and who submits to arrest and punishment" (2)....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays] 522 words
(1.5 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience and the Abusive Power of Government - Civil Disobedience and the Abusive Power of Government In response to the annexation of Texas in 1845 by the United States, Henry David Thoreau's wrote the essay, Civil Disobedience.  Thoreau felt that this purely economic move by the United States expedited the Civil War, which he, and many Americans, disapproved of.  In his essay, Thoreau argues that government should not be in control of the people and that the people should be able to rule themselves freely however they please.  In addition, he clearly states and points out that in many instances it is best when individual rights take priority over state authority....   [tags: Thoreau Civil Disobedience] 847 words
(2.4 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Citizenship and Government in Henry Thoreau's Civil Disobedience - Citizenship and Government in Henry Thoreau's Civil Disobedience Philosophers, historians, authors, and politicians have spent centuries pondering the relationship between citizens and their government. It is a question that has as many considerations as there are forms of government and it is rarely answered satisfactorily. A relatively modern theorist, author Henry Thoreau, introduced an idea of man as an individual, rather than a subject, by thoroughly describing the way a citizen should live many of his works....   [tags: Thoreau Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
772 words
(2.2 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Comments on Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau - Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau   Thoreau's essay entitled "Civil Disobedience" i was an excellent way of educating the public on why people should not settle for a less than perfect government. His belief in demanding a better government was a great reminder that Thomas Jefferson insisted that it was our "duty, to throw off"(2) an unsatisfactory government in the "Declaration of Independence" ii Thoreau's essay also explained why people choose not to do anything about it. Thoreau stated that people "cannot spare the protection of the existing government, and they dread the consequences to their property and families of disobedience to it" (25)....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 4 Works Cited
2052 words
(5.9 pages)
FREE Essays [view]
Thoreau's Proposed Solution in Walden and Civil Disobedience - Thoreau's Proposed Solution in Walden and Civil Disobedience   In Henry David Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience, a problem is presented in the way in which we live our lives. Thoreau sees this problem and goes to Walden Pond to find the solution. Yet his solution is controversial in that it seems to propose actions that go against human nature. Thoreau's prescription for American desperation cannot be accepted by the masses for it is rooted in anti-socialism when humans are essentially social in nature....   [tags: Thoreau Civil Disobedience]
:: 2 Works Cited
1834 words
(5.2 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience - In Thoreau’s essay “Resistance to Civil Government”, Henry David Thoreau outlines a utopian society in which each individual would be responsible for governing himself. His opposition to a centralized government is an effort to disassociate with the American government, which at the time was supporting slavery and unjustly invading Mexico. While the individual rule would work well for Thoreau who is a man of conscience, it does not account for the immoral, dishonest or overly ambitious people in the nation....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays] 396 words
(1.1 pages)
FREE Essays [view]
Evaluation of Dworkin's and Habermas's Approach to Civil Disobedience - Evaluation of Dworkin's and Habermas's Approach to Civil Disobedience The following essay will attempt to evaluate the approach taken by Dworkin and Habermas on their views of civil disobedience. The two main pieces of literature referred to will be Dworkin?s paper on 'Civil Disobedience and Nuclear Protest?' and Habermas's paper on 'Civil Disobedience: Litmus Test for the Democratic Constitutional State.' An outline of both Dworkin's and Habermas's approach will be given , further discussion will then focus on a reflective evaluation of these approaches....   [tags: Dworkin Habermas Divil Disobedience Essays]
:: 3 Works Cited
1619 words
(4.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience: Are We Morally Obliged to Obey Unjust Laws? - Are we morally obliged to obey even unjust laws. This moral question addresses what we commonly know as civil disobedience. In order to properly discuss civil disobedience and whether or not it is moral to disobey laws, we must first characterize civil disobedience. In Peter Singer's book, Practical Ethics he begins to characterize civil disobedience as arising from "ethical disagreement" and raising the question of whether "to uphold the law, even if the law protects and sanctions things we hold utterly wrong?" (Singer 292)....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 5 Works Cited
1907 words
(5.4 pages)
Term Papers [preview]
Civil Disobedience: Are We Morally Obliged to Obey Unjust Laws? - Are we morally obliged to obey even unjust laws. This question raises the discussion of what we call civil disobedience. Elliot Zashin, author of Civil Disobedience and Democracy, defines civil disobedience as, “a knowing violation of public norm (considered binding by local authorities but which may ultimately be invalidated by the courts) as a form of protest: it is non-revolutionary, public, and nonviolent (i.e. there is no use of physical violence except self-defensively when participants are physically attacked, and no resistance to arrest if made properly and without undue force).” (Zashin, 118) One point that Carl Cohen, associate professor of philosophy at University of Michigan, th...   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
:: 7 Works Cited
2005 words
(5.7 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Democracy in Civil Disobedience, Slavery in Massachusetts, Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener - The Oppression of Democracy Exposed in Civil Disobedience, Slavery in Massachusetts, Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener America has long been recognized as a democratic nation, a nation operating under the will of the people. The forefathers of America fought incessantly against British tyranny to start anew in a land of freedom and opportunity. Because America revived the ancient Greek ideology of democracy, the nation was set apart from the rest of the world and was revered for the freedom and justice it provided its people....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Slavery Massachusetts Benito C]
:: 3 Works Cited
1539 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Disobedience in Children - “How can you learn lessons in here. Why, there’s hardly room for you, and no room at all for any lesson-books!” (Carroll, 1993 p21). Piaget (1896–1980) came up with a theory called cognitive development, which occurs in four stages in every child's emotional development. The first two stages are from birth until the child reaches his or her seventh year of life where they will become aware of its environment by visual, touching and sound. During the third stage and fourth stage, the concrete and formal operations, the child will typically ask questions to understand the complexions of things surrounding the child and to satisfy their curiosity and exploring mind....   [tags: Children] 1712 words
(4.9 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Disobedience in Milton's Paradise Lost - The very first words of the poem “Paradise Lost” indicate that the main theme of the poem is disobedience to God’s will. Milton begins his poem with a question directed to the reader, which serves the poet well; as it attracts the reader’s attention and makes him think about the answer to that question. When reading the beginning of the poem the reader gets the image of a commander addressing a crowd. The poet represents the hero of the poem as the devil. This gives an image of a commander of a huge army that has just lost a battle....   [tags: Poetry, Poem Analysis] 610 words
(1.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Disobedience by Children Characters in Books and Movies, - “But then,' thought Alice. 'shall I never get any older than I am now. That'll be a comfort, one way--never to be an old woman--but then--always to have lessons to learn. Oh, I shouldn’t like that!” (Carroll, 1993 p 21). Did Alice want to grow up. No, but she was not willing to go through the struggles during the concrete and formal operation stages of emotional maturity. Authors and movie directors have long used children characters and actors to portray these inevitable childhood developmental stages of emotional maturity, one of which is the disobedience stage....   [tags: Lewis Carroll, discipline,] 2050 words
(5.9 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Obedience and Disobedience in A Few Good Man - “In the heart of nation’s capital, in a courthouse of the U.S government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth.” This tagline helps to sum up the tone of the film A Few Good Men. Two soldiers caught in the middle of right and wrong will keep there hope and loyalty high as they wish for the best. Will the instigator of it all be pressured through his own anger to reveal the truth. Rob Reiner presents Col. Nathan R. Jessep as having an exaggerated self opinion while using his power for evil, based on dispositional factors....   [tags: Psychology]
:: 2 Works Cited
1610 words
(4.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau - Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher lived in 19th century, when young and feeble American society was not powerful as nowadays. His illustrious work called as “Civil disobedience” demonstrated his polar point of view towards unjust government. Objection to pay taxes, protests, follow own conscience are only some of the methods of disobeying. His main point is that any man, who treats himself as a conscience man, should differentiate laws in order to determine which law is right or wrong, and consequently no to obey that unjust law....   [tags: Conscience, Unjust Laws, Chaos] 749 words
(2.1 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau - "That government is best which governs least." Or is it. Should the American people be free to rebel against laws they consider unjust. Henry David Thoreau addresses these issues in his essay, Civil Disobedience. Thoreau wholeheartedly accepts the declaration that the government is best which governs least, and would like to see it acted upon. One day, he hopes, we will be able to carry it out to the point where men can have a government that does not govern at all. Government "never of itself furthered any enterprise"....   [tags: Henry David Thoreau, Constitution] 1158 words
(3.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience as a Method of Protest - By definition, civil disobedience means to actively refuse to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government or of an occupying power without resorting to physical violence (Wikipedia 2007). Many of the influential people in history have felt passionately about what they believe. These passions caused them to rebel against a government or authority. Many times they felt so strongly about what they believed and how they were being treated was wrong they became disobedient....   [tags: Nonviolent Resistance (NVR)] 875 words
(2.5 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Disobedience - The Statue of Liberty exists to symbolize America¡¯s justice and liberty; although, the unjust system we abide by displays an obvious account of misrepresentation. Civil disobedience has been a recurrent issue in our society because many people oppose unjust laws and actions set upon our country. The government exists to provide good for the people by acknowledging what is in the best interest for the population. They seem to ignore the significant issues that affect us most and would rather invest their time and effort into other trivial predicaments....   [tags: Society Discrimination] 1124 words
(3.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Promoting the Use of Civil Disobedience - According to St. Augustine “an unjust law is not a law at all”(p186). This belief has been shared by many influential leaders in the past, including Henry Thoreau, Mahatma Ghandi, and Martin Luther King. They all believed in a non-violent approach to solving their social grievances. In most cases their approach was successful and was noticed by society and brought about a change in the laws. This nonviolent perspective stems straight from Jesus, who says, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”(p192)....   [tags: essays research papers] 657 words
(1.9 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience - On the Duty of Civil Disobedience In a concise essay, Thoreau proffers a challenge to all men, "not to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." Over and over, almost redundantly, Thoreau stresses simplicity and individualism, as most transcendentalists (the new philosophical and literary movement of Thoreau's time) did. Thoreau clearly states, in his On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, that the government is unjust and doesn't represent the will of the people, that one man can't change the government, and that people succumb unconsciously to the will of the government....   [tags: Papers Henry David Thoreau]
:: 1 Works Cited
954 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience in Antigone and Trifles - Civil Disobedience of Antigone and Mrs. Hale Civil disobedience is the purposeful violation of a law to show that it is unconstitutional or morally defective. In the plays, Antigone and Trifles, the female main characters commit an act of civil disobedience. The plays are respectively written by Sophocles and Susan Glaspell. Antigone, the main character of Antigone, protects her dead brother's honor as she disobeys the laws of King Creon. Mrs. Hale, the main character of Trifles prevents a neighbor from being charged with homicide as she breaks the law in front of two lawmen-The Sheriff and the County Attorney....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1102 words
(3.1 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience in Famous Literature - Civil Disobedience in Famous Literature A society or a people cannot let a government lead them blindly. With misrepresentation comes a whole new form of unjustness. The strong are the ones who do not give into demands placed upon them if they do not agree; those who refuse to conform to society; those who stick to their beliefs, no matter the cost. In many cases, those people are the ones who practice civil disobedience. Martin Luther King, Henry Thoreau, Socrates… All advocated that they should not be denied their freedom, and all were considered disobedient....   [tags: Plato Socrates Philosophy Literature Essays] 752 words
(2.1 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Freedom in ivil Disobedience and Economy by Henry David Thoreau - When it comes to the topic of how Henry David Thoreau chooses the audience for his texts, many agree that the reasoning involved the writer’s longing for achieving results rather than convincing an audience. When this agreement usually ends, however, is the question of why Thoreau ignores people who support the Mexican American War and slavery and instead focuses on those who protest against those issues. His writing philosophy in the essays “Civil Disobedience” and “Economy” shows his favouritism towards the idea that individuals need freedom of exercising their conscience and that this leads to success....   [tags: minority, mayority, political system]
:: 2 Works Cited
1314 words
(3.8 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Comparing Letter from a Birmingham Jail and Civil Disobedience - Martin Luther King and Henry David Thoreau each write exemplary persuasive essays that depict social injustice and discuss civil disobedience, which is the refusal to comply with the law in order to prove a point. In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” King speaks to a specific audience: the African Americans, and discusses why he feels they should bring an end to segregation. Thoreau on the other hand, in “Civil Disobedience,” speaks to a broader, non-addressed audience as he largely expresses his feelings towards what he feels is an unjust government....   [tags: compare/contrast]
:: 1 Works Cited
1558 words
(4.5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Gandhi's acts of civil disobedience - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In 1757, Great Britain extended its empire into India. This occupation would not fully end until 1947. In the time between, there were many movements by the Indian people to gain independence from the British. The movement that finally succeeded in winning India’s independence was led by one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi’s methods for fighting against the occupation of the British were very different from those of any of the freedom movements before....   [tags: Gandhi bio Biographies Essays]
:: 5 Works Cited
2660 words
(7.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience and the Bible - Civil disobedience is a nonviolent opposition to a law through refusal to comply with it, on grounds of conscience. I understand why somebody might want to oppose the law. Somebody might have their own beliefs on what is right and wrong and they wouldn’t know when they're disobeying. But when you do know what you're doing, if you don’t obey a certain law set forth for you to follow, there most likely will be some kind of consequence for not following the law. You could go to jail, be put on restraint, have something taken away, etc....   [tags: Papers] 549 words
(1.6 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Comparing Thoreau's Civil Disobedience and Orwell's 1984 - Civil Disobedience and 1984 In Orwell’s 1984, the government is all controlling, all manipulative, and all knowing. They maintain every aspect of their member’s lives and monitor them constantly. Conversely, in the context of Civil Disobedience, the government is a form of direct democracy. People have their right to vote and the right to openly express their opinions. The main character of 1984 lives in constant fear of his government while Thoreau argues with his and suggests a variety of ways to cause reformation, he has the freedom of expression much unlike Winston....   [tags: compare/contrast] 871 words
(2.5 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Comparison of Civil Disobedience - Comparing the Civil Disobedience of Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, and Mohandas Gandhi      From the onset of man fighting for freedom or his beliefs, the question has always been whether one person can make a difference using words rather than wars. Philosophically, the concept of civil disobedience would appear to be an ineffective weapon against political injustice; history however has proven it to repeatedly be one of the most powerful weapons of the common man. Martin Luther King Jr....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison] 3701 words
(10.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Ethics of Civil Disobedience - Ethics of Civil Disobedience Ban animal cruelty. Give aid to the poor. Save the rainforests. Obey the law. As a human race we must strive to fulfill these commands, for they are our moral duties and obligations. Our obligation to morality sometimes leads to a dilemma. What happens when a law contradicts the morally right thing to do. Would it be moral to act illegally by breaking the law. No matter how drastic the measure, we are still required to act morally--even if one must break the law to do so....   [tags: Ethics Morals Philosophy Rationality Essays]
:: 2 Works Cited
1791 words
(5.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - When should civil disobedience be condoned. Should it be condoned. Civil disobedience is defined as the refusal to obey government laws, in an effort to bring upon a change in governmental policy or legislation. Civil disobedience is not an effort to dissolve the American government, because without government our society would result in chaos. Sometimes, when there is an unjust law and the government won't take the initiative to fix it, the public must act as civil disobedients to bring awareness and fix the unjust law....   [tags: Politics] 1362 words
(3.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Works Cited Not Included I believe that civil disobedience is justified as a method of trying to change the law. I think that civil disobedience is an expression of one's viewpoints. If someone is willing to break a law for what they believe in, more power to them. Civil disobedience is defined as, "the refusal to obey the demands or commands of a government or occupying power, without resorting to violence or active measures of opposition" (Webster's Dictionary). This refusal usually takes the form of passive resistance....   [tags: Papers Thoreau Laws Morals Essays] 1100 words
(3.1 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - All throughout world history, human beings have participated in acts of civil disobedience. However, in the last two centuries the belief and practice of it has been in full swing and has even brought on major historical events, especially concerning equal rights and just laws. Three major firm believers and activists in civil disobedience were Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi. All three of these men participated in acts of civil disobedience but each in his own way and for different reasons....   [tags: History Luther Kind Thoreau Gandhi] 1383 words
(4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Civil disobedience: “Refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation, characterized by the use of passive resistance or other non-violent means” (Houghton, 2000). Although this definition seems broad enough to cover any aspect of a discussion, there is still much to be said about the subject. Martin Luther King wrote a fifty paragraph letter about the timeliness and wisdom in such an action, while Hannah Arendt managed to squeeze her definition into six (extra long) paragraphs regarding Denmark and the Jews....   [tags: Papers] 955 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - To Speak or Not to Speak. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received a Nobel Prize and was honored by the President of the United States for his contributions to society. On the other hand, he was prosecuted, convicted, incarcerated, and had his sentence reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. These explanations seem rather contradictory. If what he did was noble, why was he jailed for his actions. When we take into account these manifestations of the government's attitude towards Martin Luther King, we can safely make the assumption that the government is not always justified in the laws that it creates....   [tags: Ethics] 1266 words
(3.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Is Violence in Pursuit of Happiness Justified? - How are the people, oppressed by others and by the government, supposed to react. Certainly, they do not enjoy being treated unjustly, however, they should still obey the laws. Is it to the laws of the land that command total submission or to his convictions by which he is convinced that the system is totally unjust. Therefore, how should citizens defend their liberties, without using violence or disobeying the law, if they think it’s unjust. If an individual obeys the law, he would automatically be thought of supporting the unjust system but in case he does not, he would be accused of disobeying the law....   [tags: Civil Disobedience]
:: 6 Works Cited
1159 words
(3.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience, Where’s The Line Drawn. In order to properly characterize and understand all aspects of civil disobedience we must look at where the line of disobedience stands and who crosses it. This country was founded on the idea of democracy. Our proud and dedicated fore fathers of the Constitution created this nation on a basis of morality and true freedom. Unfortunately, this dream has been contorted. Twisted to fit the ever growing greed and power thirsty idealisms of the powerful and wealthy politician....   [tags: essays research papers] 667 words
(1.9 pages)
FREE Essays [view]
Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Henry Thoreau wrote an essay about it in the 19th century. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached it in the South. Mahatma Gandhi encouraged it in India. Nelson Mandela went to jail for promoting it. The Bible says that Paul, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were all guilty of it. According wikipedia.org, "civil disobedience encompasses the active refusal to obey certain laws, demands and commands of a government or of an occupying power without resorting to physical violence." As Christians, the dilemma is to follow the precepts of government to the letter and violate the commandments of God, or remain faithful to God, and become an enemy of the government....   [tags: Protest] 727 words
(2.1 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience History, as Karl Marx suggest, is defined by human suffering. When a man is oppressed, his natural recours is rebellion. Most ost restiance movements of the past incorporated violenve. Violence has been a mean to an end for centurys. Even today our lives are chronicled through violence and human suffering. However, a paradox ensues when revolutionaries use violence to free themselves from oppression, as a mean to an end. By replacing violence with violence, you are only contuining a destructive cycle that can in no way liberate everybody....   [tags: Papers] 2563 words
(7.3 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Antigone: Martin Luther King's Nonviolent Campaign - Martin Luther King, Jr. defines “civil disobedience” as a way to show others what to do when a law is unjust and unreasonable. As King stated in the letter from Birmingham, “Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” When Negros were being treated unfairly, Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped in to show people how to peacefully protest and not be violent. The dictionary definition of civil disobedience is the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest (Webster Dictionary)....   [tags: civil disobedience]
:: 2 Works Cited
1042 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Thoreau's Civil Disobedience - Thoreau's Civil Disobedience talks about politics, government and the issues concerning these areas today. "Government is best which governs least." This motto means that the government should not have complete power over the people. The people's opinion is what matters the most. Individualism is stressed throughout his writing. To stand up for what you believe in and not bend backwards for the government is necessary. He speaks of Slavery and the war in Mexico and how is must be put to a stop....   [tags: American Literature] 513 words
(1.5 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Disobedience in William Shakespeare's King Lear - Disobedience in William Shakespeare's King Lear "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child". Filial disobedience is a key theme in the play 'King Lear' and in both the times it was set and written, children were not expected to disobey their fathers. Jacobean England was an extremely hierarchical society meaning that respect should not only be shown to the powerful and rich but also to parents and the elderly. Seventeenth century England would have been more devout in terms of religion than today and undoubtedly a Jacobean audience would have been familiar with the fifth commandment, 'Honour thy father and mother'....   [tags: Papers] 1686 words
(4.8 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Erich Fromm's Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem - Erich Fromm's Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem In "Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem," Erich Fromm (1963) argues that society will self-destruct without achieving freedom through disobedience. Fromm begins with analogies of Hebrew and Greek mythology showing how disobedience to a god freed humans. Using this correlation, Fromm shows freedom as a condition for disobedience, and vice- versa. Therefore, Fromm proclaims that without disobedience the human race could destroy itself within a generation....   [tags: Psychology Sociology]
:: 2 Works Cited
1408 words
(4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
A Free Society Must Expect Civil Disobedience - A Free Society Must Expect Civil Disobedience        Are we morally obliged to obey even unjust laws. Think about what this means. This means that laws, regardless of how unfair, unjust, or immoral they may be, must be followed with no better reason that they are the law. To the thesis that we are obliged to obey even unjust laws, I will argue that the standard objections to Civil Disobedience, given by Singer, are incorrect               To begin, however, I believe it is necessary to define an "unjust" law....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
:: 7 Works Cited
1773 words
(5.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Justice in Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience - Justice Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience By definition justice means the quality of being just or fair. The issue then stands, is justice fair for everyone. Justice is the administration of law, the act of determining rights and assigning rewards or punishments, "justice deferred is justice denied.” The terms of Justice is brought up in Henry David Thoreau’s writing, “Civil Disobedience.” Justice has different standards for every group that it is presented upon. Thoreau’s opinions and criticism is strongly stated....   [tags: essays research papers] 934 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
The Impractical Philosophies of Self-reliance and Civil Disobedience - The Impractical Philosophies of Self-reliance and Civil Disobedience The philosophies of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson would work well in a society comprised only of highly intellectual, healthy individuals who were willing put forth the effort needed to thoroughly examine themselves and formulate their own opinions about every issue pertaining to them. Emerson said that all members of society should think for themselves and formulate their own opinions rather than conforming to a popular belief....   [tags: Self Reliance Essays] 1090 words
(3.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Loyal Disobedience - A Social Tract of Euripides in Medea and Helen - Loyal Disobedience-A Social Tract of Euripides       In ancient Greece the females were considered to be conniving and deceiving whisperers, and men almost never trusted their wives.  The ideal woman was an obedient and placating wife.  They believed that the female should be strong but still yield to the power of the male in charge, whether it was older brother, father, or husband.  Euripides often used females in uncommon ways; he did not simply show them as complacent animals.  Women in Euripides' plays were used for social commentary.  They were not just simple characters; they could be both agathos and kakos.  The females in the works of Euripides were extremely strong and devious an...   [tags: Euripides Medea Essays]
:: 2 Works Cited
1753 words
(5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Pros and Cons of Democracy - What is democracy, and what are the benefits and disadvantages of it. This paper will focus primarily on three essays: The Social Contract by John Locke, Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau, and The Democratic Age by Fareed Zakaria. Each essay chosen is similar because each discusses what the advantages and disadvantages of free society are. The Social Contract primarily focuses on 17th century liberalism and expounds on Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathin. Locke gives the vision of mankind living in a state of anarchy before formal government was established....   [tags: The Social Contract, Civil Disobedience] 1500 words
(4.3 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Man Who Was Almost a Man - This short story written by Richard Wright is a very well written, and has a very good plot and keeps the reader entertained throughout. From the dialogue to the characters, who inhabit the world crafted by Wright its very intriguing. On the surface it appears to be just a story about childhood disobedience in general, but the overall theme is much deeper than that. The story "The Man Who Was Almost a Man" is at first glance a story about childhood disobedience. However, it is much deeper than that the story is about a young boy named Dave who is frustrated with how the other men he works alongside in the field....   [tags: richard wright, disobedience, manhood]
:: 2 Works Cited
586 words
(1.7 pages)
Unrated Essays [preview]
Thoreau’s Case for Political Disengagement by Carl Bankston - In the article “Thoreau’s Case for Political Disengagement,” the author, Carl Bankston, examines Thoreau’s portrayal of having a moral conscience while being controlled by society. The author distinctly explains Thoreau’s ideas, while also giving his own opinion on the subject. Absorption in civic involvement, from the point of view Thoreau gives us, dimin-ishes the independent self and therefore diminishes the ability to think for oneself, which is necessary for the use of the full range of moral judgment....   [tags: moral decisions, civil disobedience]
:: 2 Works Cited
934 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
James Longstreet and His Great Impact at Gettysburg - James Longstreet was an exceptional Confederate general whose leadership and battle strategy, his relationship with Lee, and controversial disobedience contributed to his enormous impact in the American Civil War and the battle at Gettysburg. Longstreet was born January 8, 1821, and was raised in the South ("General James Longstreet" 1). As a young boy he lived with his parents on the family plantation in Georgia. His father nicknamed him Old Pete, a nickname that stuck with him his whole life, after the saint Peter, because they shared a solid, rock-like character....   [tags: biography, civil war, disobedience]
:: 7 Works Cited
1250 words
(3.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Henry David Thoreau: Transcendentalist Writer - Henry David Thoreau was a nineteenth century American author who lived during the height of Transcendentalism. He became an important contributor to this movement (“H. D. T.” Poetry Foundation). Thoreau received much information about this movement from Emerson, a noteworthy friend of Thoreau. Thoreau wrote many significant works in American literature, including Walden and “Civil Disobedience.” The works of Henry David Thoreau were strongly influenced by the Transcendentalist movement and centered around his stay at Walden Pond....   [tags: biography, civil disobedience, emerson ]
:: 10 Works Cited
2020 words
(5.8 pages)
Term Papers [preview]
What Influenced Mahatma Gandhi - Mahatma Gandhi & his Influences The Indian pacifist Gandhi once said “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind,”(Gandhi). Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi believed fighting only makes a situation worse and abhorred committing violence in almost all forms. As a young man of privilege, Gandhi was given an excellent education, studying Indian law at the University College London and put this education to effective use back home. In protests against the tyrannical British-rule in India, the combinations of varying people and religions were instrumental, all the while garnering significant international support for the cause....   [tags: Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, Religion]
:: 6 Works Cited
1417 words
(4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Analysis of the Consequences of the Disobedience to the Great God/Gods in Paradise Lost and “Pandora’s box” - In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Milton narrates the story of Adam and Eve, but on a deeper level, figuring out the motives, feelings, and emotions of each character while also introducing the story of Satan/Lucifer and all of his complexities. At the same time Milton gives the story a twist when he relates how sin and death is brought into the human world. Greek Mythology gives a similar anecdote which compares with John Milton’s story very much: the story of Pandora and Epimetheus. “Pandora’s Box” also relates the story of how evil sprits came upon the world thorough Pandora’s disobedience....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
:: 11 Works Cited
2492 words
(7.1 pages)
Term Papers [preview]
The Genocidal Killer in the Mirror” by Crispin Sartwell and Erich Fromm’s Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem - In the pursuit of safety, acceptance, and the public good, many atrocities have been committed in places such as Abu Ghraib and My Lai, where simple, generally harmless people became the wiling torturers and murderers of innocent people. Many claim to have just been following orders, which illustrates a disturbing trend in both the modern military and modern societies as a whole; when forced into an obedient mindset, many normal and everyday people can become tools of destruction and sorrow, uncaringly inflicting pain and death upon the innocent....   [tags: compare, comparison]
:: 3 Works Cited
1278 words
(3.7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau and Letter From Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King Jr. - The essays, "Civil Disobedience," by Henry David Thoreau, and "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr., incorporate the authors’ opinions of justice. Each author efficiently shows their main point; Thoreau deals with justice as it relates to government, he asks for,”not at one no government, but at once a better government.”(Paragraph 3). King believed,” injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." (Paragraph 4). Each essay shows a valid argument for justice, but King's philosophy is more effective, because it has more logical points of views....   [tags: Comparative Analysis] 894 words
(2.6 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Antigone, by Sophocles - In a democracy, people choose representatives to lead and govern them. However, these representatives might take unpopular steps. In such instances the people may show their disapproval of a policy and vent their grievances through acts of civil disobedience. Henry Thoreau said, “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.” It is both the right and responsibility of a person to fight an unjust law, and civil disobedience allows one to convey his thoughts and ideas in a passive, nonviolent way....   [tags: Civil Disobedience, Democracy] 857 words
(2.4 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Independence Of India and Martin Luther King - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 at Porbandar located in Gujarat and was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Mahatma Gandhi was the superior leader and revolutionist of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. He led Republic of India to autonomy and galvanized movements for civil rights and independence across the globe. Just like other revolutionist in history, Gandhi took his time to evolve and advanced his techniques to confirm that his actions created an effect. His acceptance in several religions was very much admirable....   [tags: gandhi, indian nationalist, civil disobedience]
:: 10 Works Cited
1022 words
(2.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Socrates and Civil Obecience or Disobedience - Essay: A Discussion on whether or not I believe that Socrates’ views in the Crito contradict his views expressed in the Apology. My position: I am in disagreement with this statement and my analysis, based on contextual evidence, is as follows: Although I could argue the question posited above from either position, as many have done before and, as many will continue to do after me, I do not believe that Socrates waivers in his beliefs between the two accounts according to Plato. The contradiction, it seems, focuses on whether or not Socrates is a proponent of civil (dis)obedience, and the apparent conflict between the two works revolves around passages from the Apology, that seem t...   [tags: Crito, The Apology, Analysis]
:: 1 Works Cited
1549 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]


Your search returned over 400 essays for "Disobedience"
1  2  3  4  5    Next >>