Argumentative Thoreau Essay

620 Words Nov 17th, 2012 3 Pages
Jessica Taylor
13, February 2012
AP English
Mrs. Mercer
Self-Sufficiency and Individualism Can Harm a Community
Henry David Thoreau goes to the woods to live away from duties and to live a life of leisure. He moves far away from any method of communication, such as the post office. He wishes to live independently and self-sufficiently. The quote “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life…and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” He summarizes his reasons for living in the woods in this quote. Thoreau wants to live deliberately; to choose his own course and have no one else influence his life. He doesn’t want to get old and look back and realize that there
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There would be no trust or companionship. In times when individuals would need each other’s help; there would be no sense of alliance. Everyone would be against one another, because everyone would feel as if each other were untrustworthy. In the United States, we are one giant community; there are many communities within the major one. In times of war or battle, we stand together. Above all, the citizens in the U.S are able to come together to fight the battles when needed. If every citizen in the U.S lived by the virtues of self-sufficiency and individualism then there would be no U.S. in times of war; there would be no army. In an army you must work together to find the best solution to the problem, there has to be teamwork and trust. In a self-sufficient world, everyone would want to do things in their own way, and in return this would cause chaos. A community is a beneficial factor, without it we have nothing. Yes, being self-sufficient can be a helpful virtue, but in the condition of the community it is one virtue that can destroy the community. If there was no sense of an alliance, there would be no way to survive a natural disaster or fatal event. A community can strive and recover from a setback, whereas, if an individual was self-sufficient, then this would be much more

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