Where I Lived And What I Lived For By Henry David Thoreau Analysis

As human existence matures through time and technology advances, humans have lost connection to nature. In Henry David Thoreau’s “Where I lived, and What I Lived for,” he explains his deliberate attempt to truly experience life by creating an authentic connecting with nature. Thoreau gambles his successful, easy life and bets on a world where he could experience the deep connection of nature through first hand experiences. Thoreau describes his journey of finding peace and fulfillment in a house, by a pond, separated from the fast past world around him. Walter Benjamin echoes similar sediments in his work “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” He stresses the need to connect to something real and tangible without separating …show more content…
Henry Thoreau suggests living deliberately connected to nature encourages humans to live deeper and richer lives. Thoreau thoroughly represents this when he states, “I went to the woods because I wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I cannot learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” (Walden 73). Thoreau is saying he wanted to learn what nature had to teach him and when it came time for him to die he would have experienced a fulfilling live without regrets. He also addresses the idea that simplifying life and focusing on the bare necessities creates a fulfilling and richer life. Henry Thoreau continues, “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…” (Walden 73). In this description, Henry David Thoreau uses a metaphor to express living a complete and full life by thoroughly and completely drawing deep to what life has to offer. The human connection to nature should be nurtured and emphasized to create a fulfilling

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