Explain what Thoreau finds wrong with majority rule? What does he say is the only obligation he has the right to assume?
Thoreau thinks that without government, everything would run more efficiently. He can assume the he can do whatever he wants as long as he thinks its right. He belives everyone should be honset so there is no need for govrenment.
What does thoreau predict about slavery in America?
He predicted that slavery would come to a violent end. It would be just like the Spanish American War. It kinda turned out that way too.
Why was Thoreau put in jail? What were his feelings about the government while he was in jail?
He refused to pay his taxes three times which resulted in jail time. He felt that no matter what, they couldn't take away his right to think. HE will always be able to think freely.
At the end of the essay, what qualities does Thoreau envision in an ideal "perfect and glorious state"?
A state in which no government is needed, and man treats man with respect, and everyone can trust one another.
IdeIdentify the opposing ideas and then explain the truth contained in each of these paradoxes.
A.) They can physically chain him but never subdue his mind.
B.) He says that he feels as if he paid the taxes even though he of all townsmen didnt pay his taxes.
How are Thoreau's perceptions of his fellow citizens changed by his night in jail?
He feels that nobody in their homes can realize what he has in jail. If you are in your home, you will always feel comfortable and think all is right.