Essay about Henry James Doesn 't A Brave And Humane Deed

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Henry James Thoreau’s words/sentiments compel the reader to see John Brown is a “transcendentalist above all” and this comes from Brown’s actions at Harper’s Ferry. It also comes from Brown’s innate ability to bring together other likeminded soldiers who were willing to live within the same bounds decreed by Brown. Although not educated like other transcendentalists, Brown was a man that was not deterred by others and did not yield under pressure. With respect to Brown’s involvement, he “does a brave and humane deed”(Thoreau, p. 5). He knew to do the right thing, he respected himself, and believed in his morals. Thoreau describes Brown’s convictions as “the courage to face his country herself, when she was in the wrong” (Thoreau, p. 1). The newspapers are “dodg[ing] the truth by not addressing the fact that Brown had supporters that agreed with his actions at Harper’s Ferry. The papers were scared to print the truth even though there were many people, free people, that would have been elated to see their support in print. As Thoreau describes, “they (newspaper) are so anxious because of a dim consciousness of the fact, which they do not distinctly face, that at least a million of the free inhabitants of the United States would have rejoiced if it (Brown’s mission) had succeeded” (Thoreau, p. 3). Thoreau agrees that the truth does not always sell, “if we do not say pleasant things, they argue, nobody will attend to us” (Thoreau, p. 5). Sometimes media stories need…

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