Civil Disobedience. Create a list of famous nonconformists. How did the individuals you listed depart from the norms of their time? Were they punished for their actions? Were they able to win others to their point of view?
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself. - Rita Mae BrownBell Work
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity. - Dr. Robert Anthony
In-class assignment individuals you listed depart from the norms of their time? Were they punished for their actions? Were they able to win others to their point of view?
Answer the following questions as we read “Civil Disobedience” on page 390 to help you understand the text: Write your answers in complete sentences
What problems can Government face?
How does Thoreau believe most people feel about the war?
Reread lines 21-37. What position does Thoreau take in the conflict between majority rule and individual conscience?
Which way of serving the state does Thoreau approve of? Which ways does he condemn? Do you agree with his assessment of soldiers and others who serve?
In lines 70-81, what device does Thoreau use to add emphasis and emotion to his essay?
For how long has Thoreau not paid his poll tax and how long did he stay in jail?
During that imprisonment, whom did he think was more free: himself or the townspeople outside the jail?
How did he feel about being confined?
What part of Thoreau did the locked doors of the jail confine?
To whom does Thoreau compare the state?
By the end of his stay, what is Thoreau’s opinion of the state?