Forgot your password?  

Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays Chapter Summary & Analysis - Civil Disobedience Summary

This Study Guide consists of approximately 23 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays.
This section contains 437 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays Study Guide

Civil Disobedience Summary and Analysis

"Civil Disobedience" is Thoreau's essay on the moral responsibilities of a citizen of a democracy. When one's government is acting immorally, he argues, it is a citizen's duty to disobey and withdraw his support from the government. Thoreau challenges the role of government and describes his own incarceration for refusing to pay a tax.

Thoreau begins by proposing a motto, "That government is best which governs not at all." (p.1) Government is actually a hindrance to society and the individual, he argues. It is concerned with control of trade and commerce and politics and does not in itself accomplish anything except to get in the way.

Thoreau is quick to add that he is not an anarchist. He does not call for the abolition of government, but a better government that is based on justice. Justice, however, is not necessarily what the majority...

(read more from the Civil Disobedience Summary)

This section contains 437 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays Study Guide
Copyrights
Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook