Essay Henry David Thoreau 's Walden

820 Words Apr 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden in which he identifies different aspects of society that are troubling him. Thoreau believes that because Concordians lead a life of “quiet desperation”, they are living a life with no hope and not living to their fullest potential. For example, all they do is work and know nothing other than that. According to the text, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation…From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself…But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things” (Thoreau 17). Thoreau is stating that people go from the city to the country to try and get away from their lives for a little while but they do not realize is the country is the same way. Farmers struggle just as much as city people with labor and debt. He also talks about how nobody wants their life to be this way, working and working and not doing anything else, but have accepted it as a way of life and do not see how they could change this. The end of the quote about a characteristic of wisdom shows that a person that thinks would find a new way of life. Thoreau thinks that a person that has wisdom can realize that their life does not have to be the way it is, working and living a life of quiet desperation, it could be an entirely different life. He also states that all you need to survive is food, shelter clothing and fuel. If you want anything else such as luxuries, it makes life worse instead of better. Live without…

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