Essay about The great Gatsby

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The unjust power structure There is a saying that “the unjust law is no law at all”, citizen shoulders the responsibility to fight against injustice. In the following five claims, all the authors argue the rights and duties the people have within democratic power structure. First of all, Thomas Jefferson argues that “We hold these truth to be self-evident: that all men are created equal” in the “Declaration of independence”, all men have the equal rights given by god, which cannot be taken away by governments and the law. “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive, it is the right of people to alter or abolish it”, which implies that in the structure of democracy, each citizen has the power to change and overthrow the government if it is wrong. Additionally, the mission following abolish is to “provide new guards for the future security” which mentioned in the article. Moreover, “We must therefore acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in the war, in peace friends” this quote implies that every citizen should go to the war and be willing to die. In my opinion, he advocated that god created everyone equally. What would happen if someone did not believe in god? Do they have the equal rights? And he also puts forward the point that everyone should be treated equally, but the government pushes the citizens to wars without any conscience, and asks them to die for the government, which is not fair. Second, I will talk about “The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln. “... That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain- and that government of the people by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”, which indicates that everyone have the freedom of birth, the rights to live, it is a crucible for people when are perished from the earth because of the war, the government shall not coerce their people to the war. We should also show our respect and admit to the citizens who devote their lives to the country, this is because the article mentioned that “we have come to dedicate a portion of that war, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live”. As far as I am concerned, I totally agree with the claim that the government should work for people, but not to coerce them in the war, not to sacrifice their lives for the country’s peace and prosperity. The third article is “Civil Disobedience” written by Henry David Thoreau. He argues that “But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government”, which implies that the citizens have the right to know what kind of government would command his respect, they have the right to require a better government but not to be a complicity of the government, and then they will be one step toward obtaining it. He says the conscience is always significant than justice law because “be men first and subjects afterward”. Finally, in the article “for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which we have, government show thus how successfully men can be imposed on”, he implies that the man’s duty is not cater to the government unquestioningly, but to come up with some helpful ideas to build a better government although the process is a crucible. I agree with the article except for the point he mentioned that “no-government men do not find a better government fir for him, however, some anarchists just do not want to involve in the arguments and get into trouble, and they may not join the government no matter how superb it is. Fourth, it is a play written by Arthur Miller named “The Crucible”. The play says that“ You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be courted against, there will be no road between”, “ no