Jessica Lutton

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Jessica Lutton Goldberg English 20 9/21/11 Self-serving Rebellion In the essays “Civilize them with a stick” by Mary Crow Dog and “Idiot Nation” by Michael Moore the authors discuss how they were able to find themselves through rebellion. Although their ideals were similar, the reasons for their actions were very different. Moore went against the ideals of school and society to become school board president and bring about his own change. Crow Dog fought against the school nuns forcing her to go along with ‘the white’ rules that were so harshly enforced. She snapped and clawed her way out of school to find herself and push others along in the process. Moore and Crow Dog fought against their school systems in an attempt to both right a wrong and protect their own identities. They show that rebellion isn’t always done to change society; at times it can be self-serving. Neither Crow Dog nor Moore were trying to change the world. Both authors failed to consider the effects of their actions until after they had taken action. . They rebelled against their schools to fight the ideals that others forced upon them. Moore found he needed to leave school in order to free himself. He explains that not all rebellion is wrong, he simply could not tolerate the “Don’t question authority. Do as you’re told. Don’t think, just do as I say” mentality that was
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