Essay on Henry David Thoreau And Civil Disobedience

1005 Words Jan 29th, 2016 null Page
Many people believe that they will find the meaning to life in in material objects and trends. The “luxuries” in this life will not fill the void of a heart longing for answers though. One wise man was able to figure this out and share that with others. Henry David Thoreau went searching for answers in nature. He knew that to get close to God nature was the place to reside. Thoreau spent his days examining and uncovering the beauties of life and encouraging others to do the same as expressed in his works Walden and Civil Disobedience.
Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1817. He was the third of four children in his, not quite prosperous, family. He first attended Concord school with financial help from some relatives and later went on and graduated from Harvard university in 1837 (Smith 324). After college he started to teach, but soon quit due to the loss of his older brother John (Harding 2). Thoreau was writing and supporting himself with odd jobs when Ralph Waldo Emerson moved to Concord. Emerson became Thoreau’s mentor and asked him to live him and his wife on Walden pond. Thoreau spent much of his time alone studying the world’s greatest literary works and philosophy with the help of Emerson. He shows familiarity with the Bible, the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism, and with the greek and roman gods (Smith 330). Most importantly he devoted his life to finding truth and answers in nature. Thoreau died in his hometown at age forty-four…

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