In 1891, Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) observed, "Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion." Wilde claims that disobedience is a valuable human trait and that it promotes social progress. To what extent are Wilde's claims valid? Use examples from readings such as The Scarlet Letter, Fences (the movie), The Great Gatsby, The Crucible (movie), Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass.

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In this question, we are asked "to what extent" Wilde's claims are valid. Based on the examples of the readings you provided, it would appear that Wilde's claims are valid only to some extent. 

Let's take for example, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. All three rebelled for the sake of independent thought, religious/political autonomy, and freedom from oppression. Without Gandhi's rebellion, we might not have a free India. Martin Luther rebelled against the hypocrisy and corruption of the Church; his rebellion paved the way for the Protestant Reformation and for greater personal agency in terms of religious practice. His namesake, Martin Luther King Jr. also rebelled, and his rebellion ignited the Civil Rights Movement. I've included a link below about Martin Luther King Jr.'s part in the Civil Rights Movement. You may want to include some examples from it for your essay.

As for Frederick Douglass, his rebellion became not just a political...

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