Thoreau's Language And Diction In The Language Of Memory
“They might go there a thousand times before the sediment of fishing would sink to the bottom and leave their purpose pure; but no doubt such a clarifying process would be going on all the while (Walden, 1966, p. 236).” In this statement, Thoreau describes the conscious and subconscious decision-making process as it progresses towards unification. Nature remains the setting and background, yet personal growth is his overall goal. His ability to support the overall tone with diction that create imagery in the details is a product of his own daily writing that allows for unconstrained expression. This expression will mature with time and experience along with the author’s perception as evaluation becomes commonplace.
What is the goal of daily reading and writing? Is it simply to become the best writer possible or the most knowledgeable person in a subject? These questions are difficult because the answers are not static, they continually change as the person grows and adapts to situations around them. Kristen Case attempts to answer the question through the perception of Thoreau,