Day 4

Civil Disobedience Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What does Thoreau say about the intentions of others?

    Thoreau says that he sometimes wonders if he should be more sympathetic to the intentions of those people who obey the law--perhaps they are ignorant, or they mean well. However, he reasons with himself, good intentions do not make up for injustice. Millions of people are suffering greatly at the hands of the government (and indirectly those citizens who "mean well") and the basic human rights of those in slavery, etc., are more important than the comfort of his relatively well-off neighbors.

  2. 2

    Why is Thoreau's purpose in alluding to the myth of Orpheus?

    Orpheus was a musician in Greek mythology who could charm...

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