3.In David Thoreau's essay, an abundant amount of various types ofmetaphors and similes can be found throughout his essay. Mr. Thoreau'suse of extensive metaphors strengthens David Thoreau’s point of view.For example, when Thoreau explains, “the mass of men serve the statethus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies”. In thismetaphor, Thoreau is comparing men to machines, working with and onlywith their bodies. The state does not see the men who serve itsgovernment as pure, honest individuals, but instead as machines, withonly one job to do, with no compassion at all. Another example of ametaphor used by David Thoreau is when he states, “ ...whatever of thejudgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level withwood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps bemanufactured that will serve the purpose as well.” This is anothermetaphor that is backing up how the government uses its soldiers, orpopulation, only to do the dirty work for itself. That men can be made into
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wood, which resembles as tools; as well as stone, and earth.I believe that David Thoreau wanted the readers of his “CivilDisobedience” to not make an outright decision, but instead to think about theirown government and think if they agree and should support those who arerunning their country. Thoreau wanted his readers to feel confused, and inthought as to if the government really is on the side of the people or if thegovernment is just using its people to do their dirty work. This is evident due tono real outright fight against government, instead put with facts and questionsthat make the reader wonder what is really right and how a citizen should actupon their own government. Thoreau’s purpose in his essay is to get people togo against a government that isn’t fully for the people, but instead for their ownselfish ways. As he says, “I please myself with imagines a State at respect as anneighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own by it, whofulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men. A State which bore this kind offruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for astill more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yetanywhere seen.” In this statement, Thoreau explains himself in which he wishesfor a state that respects its people and wishes the best for them, but he has notyet encountered a state like that. His purpose in “Civil Disobedience” is topersuade people to look and work for a government that will support the choiceand decision of people rather than the government elite.Question 2: Civil Disobedience
1.The section that lets the reader know the subject and composition in ‘Civil Disobedience’begins on page 210 and really stops mainly on page 214. In this section, an answer can befound on the subject that is being written about.
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