Henry David Thoreau was a tough expert of the art of writing. Thoreau is known for his philosophical and naturalist writings. He applied himself to converting what he witnessed of nature and humanity into his own words. As Thoreau wrote his essay from jail, he persuades individuals to oppose unjust governments. Thoreau stated in his article “Civil Disobedience” that “The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.” (Thoreau 1) the word ‘nationalism’ was not used in the time of Thoreau instead he used the word government. Thoreau depict civil disobedience a moral and social duty of American citizens. He describes civil disobedience as an act of willful challenge. In “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau argues against nationalism and supports a more laissez-faire government through the use of pathos, ethos, and logos.
Thoreau made his introduction of “Civil Disobedience” clear in the main purposes for writing the article. He immediately focuses his readers’ attention on the value of one’s government by saying “I heartily accept the motto, —’That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.” (Thoreau 1) His essential problem with the government, and the reason he thinks the power of the government should be limited as much as possible, is that if the government can become