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Thoreau's Night In Jail

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Natasha Dangol

on 23 October 2012

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The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail Thoreau's Life The Play a two-act play on Thoreau's Night Spent in Jail was written by Robert Edwin Lee and Jerome Lawrence written in 1970.
Later adaptations, Thoreau's life as propaganda. Walden Years argument against " unnecessary act of aggression and that it was pursued on the basis of arrogance rather than any philosophically justifiable reasons."
restrictions on both races
Thoreau's Ideals In Popular Culture Emerson's pensioneer and his land
Drafting of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Walden and Civil Disobedience
Concord Visit in July 1846
refusal to pay poll tax
protest to the Mexican American war
against the expansion of slavery
refusal to "comply" with the government
bailed out by aunt
lecture in Concord Lyceum
"The Rights and Duties of the Individual in relation to Government" Emerson recounting memories of his friend.
issues with his wife Lydia
cellmate: Bailey, falsely accused of arson
didn't pay a dollar for his diploma
Henry and John's school
concerned parents
Ellen Sewell
student of Transcendentalism
Thoreau asks her to marry John
disapproving, wary father
coping with the loss of John Thoreau Plot Summary Vietnam War
contemporary protests
productions had to be postponed
exaggerated depiction for emphasis
the 60s and 70s: themes of rebelling against authority, expressing individuality
Political thought of Tolstoy, Gandhi, MLK Jr. Government Wars "About Thoreau | Walden Woods." About Thoreau | Walden Woods. The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://www.walden.org/thoreau>.
"Appreciation." Henry David Thoreau: « EcoTopia. EcoTopia, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://ecotopia.org/ecology-hall-of-fame/henry-david-thoreau/appreciation/>.
Lawrence, Jerome, and Robert Edwin Lee. The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail; a Play,. New York: Hill & Wang, 1971. Print.
"The Thoreau Society: About Henry David Thoreau." The Thoreau Society: About Henry David Thoreau. N.p., 2006. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://www.thoreausociety.org/_news_abouthdt.htm>.
Witheral, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth Dubrulle. "The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau." The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau. Princeton University Press, 1973. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://thoreau.library.ucsb.edu/thoreau_life.html>. Works Cited friendship with Emerson and Exposure to Transcendentalism
radical ideas
pursuit of self reliance and personal truth
abolitionist movement
Writing career
The Dial, a transcendentalist magazine by Margaret Fuller
Meanwhile... Cause of Civil Disobediance Contemporary Influences Anarchism
Transcendentalist statement:
importance of reason
the process of knowledge derived
skepticism of physical perception
People will, NEED TO find the truth themselves.
"That government is best which governs least."
Right and Wrong must be derived from conscience not majority
challenge to popular sovereignty
advocating the need for a better government Civil Disobedience fact vs fiction But to be liked, you must never disagree. And if you never disagree, it’s like only breathing in and never breathing out! A man can suffocate on courtesy. Quotes 1 Anytime you hear a man called ‘loony,’ just remember that’s a great compliment to the man and a great disrespect to the loon. A loon doesn’t wage war, his government is perfect, being nonexistent. He is the world’s best fisherman and completely in control of his senses, thank you. Quote 2
Every creative event that ever happened in the world was an interruption. Unexpected. Unplanned for. The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost. That’s why the planets are so much better company than the stars—they keep wandering back and forth across the sky and you never know where you’re going to find them. Quote 3
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