I think this quote is just asking what do you do when a law is obviously not morally right? Would you obey it just because its the law or would you try to change it and obey it until it is changed, or would you just disobey it completely since it doesn’t fit your moral code? Henry David Thoreau wrote this quote in Resistance to Civil Government.
I think this quote was important at the time Thoreau wrote it because many people thought the government was corrupt. Many people thought that the government had evil within it and that if they supported the laws that were unjust then they were supporting evil. They wanted to abolish the laws they thought were not right and unjust. Many people today feel the same way I think. There are so many people standing up for the rights of themselves and others. People feel like they should have a say in what laws the government should and should not be able to pass. The laws may change but there will always be someone who wants to change it. Thoreau asked if we should just go along with the laws even if we feel they are wrong or should we try to change it. Obviously you can not change every law just because it goes against what someone believes.
“In 1845 Thoreau built himself a house in the woods on land owned by Emerson. The following year he was imprisoned for refusing to pay his poll tax. His opposition to the Mexican War resulted in the influential essay, Civil Disobedience (1849). Thoreau’s argument that it was morally justified to peacefully resist unjust laws inspired Americans involved in the struggle against slavery and the fight for trade union rights and women’s suffrage.”
After reading Young Goodman Brown I wonder why Nathaniel Hawthorne only writes about good vs evil? The entire story of Young Goodman Brown was how the “good” people in his life were kind of corrupted by the devil or evil.
I think Nathaniel Hawthorne writes mainly about good vs evil because that is the main conflict in life. Everyone in their life struggles with good and evil. To be a “goody too shoes” or to just go along with the crowd even if you know it is wrong or people may look down on you. The story Young Goodman Brown tells how the people in his church were not who he thought they were. The lady who taught bible verses to children was a witch in his nightmare which made him trust her less when he woke up. The main thing that I thought was interesting is how Hawthorne made the Young Goodman Brown view prayers after his nightmare. After he woke up and he realized what had happened Goodman Brown hears prayers in church but he feels like the prayers are not sincere. He does not trust anything or anyone really when he wakes to from the nightmare. Hawthorne shows how a person can doubt the character of another by using their actions in a dream. If you have a dream about a friend doing something and then woke up thinking differently about that person just because it gets you thinking about things then maybe you can relate to Young Goodman Brown. Hawthorne I think did a really good job of showing the reader how drama or nightmares can affect reality. Some people think dreams mean certain things and have an underline connection to your life. I don’t really think so but I feel like Hawthorne may have thought dreams played a big part in how people see each other. For example before the nightmare Young Goodman Brown thought his wife, his preacher, his church members were great and wonderful and then after the dream he changed his mind completely. Hawthorne shows us that Young Goodman Browns dream made him over think and trust the members of his church less. He saw them doing evil things in this dream and then applied it to life. He even doubted his wife’s character since she too was in the nightmare. I did not find anything about why Nathaniel Hawthorne writes about good and evil a lot. Good and evil will always be a struggle and I think most of his work centers around that theme of good vs evil.
This photo is just an example of good vs evil. The devil vs Jesus. When I think of good vs evil that is what I think about.
“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne
I found this quote and I thought it was interesting because it speaks about good and evil. Words you say can be used for good or evil and I think that Hawthorne knew that and tired to make that clear in his stories. Hawthorne writes about good vs evil in just about every story. The theme of good vs evil will be used for forever and I think Nathaniel Hawthorne influenced the start of theme because he wrote about good vs evil early before most other writers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ was written near the time of the civil war. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the book to show how slaves were treated. She wrote it to express her strong feelings about why she felt slavery should be abolished. I think that people who read her book realized just how badly slaves were truly treated and how slavery shouldn’t have existed to begin with. Uncle Tom in the novel was an educated black man who worked hard and protected the other slaves. Stowe used many symbols in her novel and Uncle Tom was the main symbol. Harriet Beecher Stowe used him as the main character to show that slaves are not property and are humans just like everyone else. He is used to show people what a good, honest, and hard working man truly is like. He symbolizes the themes of hope, faith, love, and persistence and is a great example of all the stories themes. Uncle Tom represents a very strong Christian and not just a strong educated slave. In the movie Tom always said that God would take him back home and that He was looking over him. Tom never doubted God’s presence in his life. He never doubted that God watched over him which I think Stowe used to show how people not just slaves should act in life. Even when he was sold or beaten he always prayed or sang to God. What I took from Toms constant praise and reliance on God is that no matter how you feel God truly is with you. I don’t know how Tom kept his faith through out his life since he did have a hard life but he is an inspirational character. I think Tom showed how God won’t leave you even when you may feel like he has. Tom may not have made it home but he did help a lot of people before he died. Tom was an amazing man and he is very inspirational character in the movie. The little girl Eva is also a symbol in Uncle Toms cabin. She treats Tom as an equal from the very moment she meets him. She even treats him with respect before he saves her life. Eva is just a great symbol of how everyone person should treat others. She is a symbol of how not to be a stereotype. She is used to symbolize how to not be a stereotype. Since she is from the big racist area the south, she is expected to have no respect for black people and treat them like dirt. She prevails from the stereotype and is a great character that is not racist at all.
The picture of Tom saving Eva is just one example of how Tom try’s to do the right thing. When he is told to whip a slave he refused and is almost beat to death. Toms courage to stand up for not only himself but for others shows what a great man he is. Stowe did an awesome job with the symbols in her novel. Uncle Tom is the best symbol of love, kindness, and respect. Eva is also a great symbol. I think she used Eva to show that not all slave owners were awful people. Even though Eva wasn’t an actual slave owner since she was a child she still showed how slaves should have been treated. I really enjoyed watching this movie and I plan on reading the book soon. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a great writer and in my opinion her use of symbols impacted the way people viewed slavery.