I had to use this quote because I loved the way Thoreau refered to the government as a wooden gun. In this quote Thoreau is comparing the government to a wooden gun because, supposedly, the wooden gun gives it’s carrier a false sense of security. What is the tone of the second paragraph of Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience? It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. Why does Thoreau compare the american government to a wooden gun? ChaCha Answer: Thoreau said.
What idea does Thoreau convey through the image of the wooden gun? It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have. Thoreau is saying that the government is not helping its people. This makes me wonder what the governments real responsibilities to its people are. Vocabulary words for Civil disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. Wooden gun feels powerful but does no damage like the government real gun does not have any power to do anything.
This is from Henry David Thoreau’s Resistance to Government essay, which he compares the people of america, to a wooden gun.
Interpreting Literary Devices