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Rebellion In Chuang Tsu's Tales

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Is rebellion good or bad? Rebellion is the action or process of resisting authority,control, or convention. Rebellion is often viewed as a socially irresponsible by many as it disturbs the peaceful flow of life and it’s events, but we often forget that our country, America would have never been what it is today without rebellion. We as individuals and societies have always been in a constant battle of whether we should rebel for the greater good of our cause or we should suppress our beliefs for the constant lies being fed to us that conformity to the greater power is the tested and true way to achieve success. This is exemplified in the text, Chuang Tsu’s tales. While conformity is a common theme in success stories, there are many who choose…show more content…
MLK expands this idea through his Letter from Birmingham Jail that you cannot expect change without taking direct action. He says in his letter that “Freedom is never given voluntarily by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” From this, we can conclude that more often than not, the results we seek are never just handed to us. While many might say that if we wait long enough, the change will eventually come about, but as we see in the book, Fahrenheit 451, the change only came after the dramatic events of war and murder. Guy Montag, the main character says, “Nobody listens any more. I can't talk to the walls because they're yelling at me. I can't talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it'll make sense.” Montag has wanted change and wants to communicate to the world around him, but as without a more extreme form of rebellion, he cannot get the attention of the people as King Jr also says, “We have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined pressure.” They both make it clear that without direct action, achieving your goal, is
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