Henry David Thoreau's Experiment To Living Alone In The Woods

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In Henry David Thoreau’s experiment to living alone in the woods, Walden, or Life in the Woods, the ten components of Transcendentalism are represented in his work. They are “live life to the fullest, thou shalt not conform, individualism, do not worship the material, be your own mentor, society corrupts and individual’s inherent goodness, be one with God, not the church, simplicity, moral values, and nature is sacred” (elements). These components are what the transcendentalists went by in life. They felt in order to live a perfect life and live for God they must abide by these components. During this time period, Walden was the most well-known piece of literature. Thoreau succeeded in publishing this piece with the help of Emerson. Emerson …show more content…
“Walden” portrays ways of transcendentalism. In this book, he talks about nature and what it was like to live far away from society. He wanted to find out if he could live without things of the world. He claims this to be an experiment of simply living. He wanted to gain a more objective understanding of the way life and wanted to see if he could be without all the things within society. It is neither a novel nor a true biography but simply a critique of the world he came from. In “Walden” there are eighteen chapters. They are not all in our text but these are the chapters in our text: “Economy”, “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”, “Solitude”, “Spring”, and “Conclusion”. In "Economy," Thoreau explains why he desires on going to live on the pond. In "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," he shares the importance of self-improvement and spiritual needs. In "Spring," the process of rebirth, the leap from death to life, represents radical change. Thoreau shares that once “Walden” was dead because of the cold weather and once spring comes back it will become alive again. Some men show intelligence, perception, and a relation to nature. They enjoy the spiritual quest. The ultimate goal of the author 's experiment at Walden was not just to live simply, but rather to understand ourselves and the universe. Thoreau uses a wide range of metaphors to explain the importance. He uses Walden Pond itself, as both real and symbolic. Thoreau is clear about individual’s maintaining their independence. Independence shows that you are able to be separated from others and can rely on yourself for things. In Chapter 5, Solitude, of “Walden”, he writes about his connection with nature and how the relationship was a two-way understanding. He tries to become one with nature during his time away from reality. This is one of the things that exemplifies transcendentalism. The time period of the book is his life of two

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