Thoreau's 'Wild Apples,' Why Wild Apples Are Significant?
Through analyzing “Wild Apples”, I learned what evidence is effective and not effective and the importance of using detailed counterarguments. In order to support that apples were significant in ancient times, Thoreau “alluding[alluded] to the Roman historian Tacitus. Tacitus asserted that ‘the ancient Germans’ met their hunger needs ‘with wild apples (agrestia poma) among other things’ [paragraph 3 part 1].” Through this piece of evidence Thoreau used, I learned that effective evidence for a claim should come from a reliable source. In addition, Thoreau supports the forms apples are the most productive of all crops by “mentioning an apple tree he noticed that naturally flourished on a portion of a cliff surrounded by a forest and rocks [paragraph 3 - 4 part 2].” [“The True Value of Wild Apples”] Through analyzing this evidence, I realized that personal observations are not effective evidence, since they just generalize Thoreau’s encounters with wild apples. After determining and analyzing how all the evidence Thoreau utilized to support his claim fits his essay, I realized Thoreau overused personal observations to prove his claim. Through looking at Thoreau’s reasoning behind his argument and how the evidence Thoreau used supports his argument, I noticed that Thoreau “does not sufficiently compare wild apples with other crops” [“The True Value of Wild Apples”] . Through writing “The True Value of Wild Apples”, I learned that critical reading involves reading the piece several times in order to determine the argument and the ways the argument can be improved. As I read Thoreau’s essays and Gandhi’s autobiography, I wrote notes summarizing each paragraph or page. This assisted me with focus more on the