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Having read both Crito and Civil Disobedience there are severalconspicuous similarities as well as notable differences Both of thesedocuments deal with the government and how the people should view itHowever in Crito Socrates is more devoted to the government and woulduphold its decisions even if it cost him his life Thoreau on the other handbelieves that the government is not always right and it is up to the peopleto criticize it so that it can be improved Both of these essays were written while the authors were in jailSocrates is in jail awaiting the death penalty in Crito while Thoreau wroteCivil Disobedience while he was incarcerated This similarity however createsdifferent tones in both essays In Crito the moral is to be obedient andsubmissive to the government at all costs even death Thoreau howeverprobably felt much greater hatred of the government for his minor penalty andinstead of preaching obedience he went off on a different tangent Despite Thoreaus contumacious thoughts his essay holds more promise forthe future because instead of blindly accepting obvious faults in the systemThoreau encourages protest for even the minor flaws because otherwise noprogress will ever come out of our society His ideas bear resemblance to thegeneral flow of knowledge we must speak out against established beliefs inthe face of adversity much like Copernicus did when he ruled the Sun and notthe Earth as the center of the universe He challenged the beliefs of thechurch and risked his life and liberty but we have to thank him today becausealthough he made his life more miserable the knowledge we have gained has Although Thoreau has made many pertinent and valid points in his essayCrito also holds many notable aspects in dealing with government problemsCrito teaches peace and stamina when dealing with problems Eventuallythrough popular opinion what must be done will be done however for the timebeing you must obey all laws regardless of the severity or pertinence to youand must welcome
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