In "Civil Disobedience," how are Thoreau's perceptions of his fellow citizens changed by his night in jail?

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Civil Disobedience is an essay about Thoreau’s ideas about the government and his recounting of the time he spent in jail for not paying his taxes. After his release from jail, a friend paid his taxes for him, Thoreau reflects on how his perceptions of his neighbors has changed. Thoreau claims that he has a better understanding of the way the world works when he says, “I saw yet more distinctly the State in which I lived.” His awakened vision is what allows him to look at his neighbors and he makes this comment, “I saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends; that their friendship was for summer weather only.;…” Thoreau makes reference to the idea of his neighbors being only fair weather friends, people who are friendly or at least are civil with only when it costs them nothing. The first change in his vision of his neighbors is that he has lost so much trust in them that he does not even consider them to be his neighbors any...

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