Rhetorical Analysis Of Henry David Thoreau 's ' The Woods Of Walden Pond '

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Sophisticated Words on the Simple Life: Thoreau’s Rhetoric Nature is a complicated entity whom countless poets and writers have written about. Henry David Thoreau, a highly educated author who frequently wrote about nature, wanted to understand nature and, more importantly, life better. To do so, he went to live in the woods of Walden Pond for two years, and wrote a book about his time there. The resulting work, entitled Walden, discussed Thoreau’s time in Walden. The second chapter named “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”, heavily discussed why Thoreau decided to live at Walden Pond for two years. Thoreau continues the chapter by attempting to present the purpose of living life simply, going so far as to take his argument to extremes. “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”, by Henry David Thoreau, presents his reasoning for living simply through metaphorical imagery, parallelistic juxtaposition, and rhetorical questions.
The most common type of rhetorical device used is imagery that ties into metaphors. Thoreau points out that “In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quick-sands (Thoreau, 99)”, people must keep on with their lives. This metaphor is extended in Thoreau’s work, and he subtly relates the chaos of a storm to life in the modern world. Thoreau knows that most readers have seen or heard of the terrors of a storm out at sea. This also implies that there is an edge to the storm where it is placid and serene.…

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