The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

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In the play, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, Thoreau examines several different ways in which individuals interact with society. One of them is individualism. Individualism is the idea that all values people hold, rights they have, and duties to be performed should originate from or within an individual. Of greater importance is the idea that individualism is based on altruism, rather than egoism. Altruism is the performance …

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…this case, Thoreau demonstrated individualism by acting in a way he felt was going to produce greatest amount for the greatest number of people. Individualism is the idea that a person¡¦s actions are determined by the individual and that they should benefit others. I believe it is valid and applicable in today¡¦s society. If the values held, and actions performed were not generally for the benefit of society then, the society would collapse