Walden Pond

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  • The Pond In Walden Analysis

    8 - 8 - 17 The Pond in Winter The opening of this chapter introduces another interesting though: that nature asks no questions, while we ask questions about it such as “what-how-when-where?” I have watched numerous debates where both scientific intellectuals and religious figures have spoken, and questions come up such as: “Why are humans on earth?” or “What is the purpose of life?” or “How does the universe regulate itself so perfectly?” After hearing people talking about this and getting seemingly nowhere, I wondered if these questions were just silly, mortal questions to which no answer exists, because as Thoreau remarks, nature puts forth no question, and therefore should expect no answer. The idea changes my perspective, because it makes…

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  • Springtime At Walden Pond Analysis

    Henry David Thoreau was an American author who in addition to being a poet, naturalist and abolitionist was one of the leading transcendentalists. Like Emerson and other transcendentalist Thoreau concerned himself with self-reliance, individualism and the purity of nature. Thoreau decision to move to Walden Pond is a culmination of his transcendentalist ideals. He chose to live in simplicity and sounded by the natural world which he found to be incredibly stimulating. His time spent at Walden…

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  • Of Mice And Men Argumentative Analysis

    People should have the choice of whether to live or die. In Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck, the two main characters Lennie and George are hanging out by a pond making plans for the rest of their life. Then they go to a farm in Soledad. They acquire the job they wanted and became friends with a few of the people there. The farm’s most respected authority figure gives Lennie a puppy which he kills just a few days later along with the boss's son’s wife. Lennie runs away to the river by which…

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  • Reflection On Where I Lived And What I Live For

    I see myself in Walden because I have realized, upon reflection, that my conclusions from facing the meanness of life mirror Thoreau’s conclusions in Walden. In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, Thoreau explains his motives for the unorthodox move to Walden Pond. Thoreau went into the woods to “drive life into a corner”, “live deliberately” and “publish the whole and genuine meanness of it [life]” (74). With these goals in mind, Thoreau entered an environment with obstacles requiring him to…

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  • Analysis Of Walden By Henry Thoreau

    In Walden chapter two, Henry Thoreau points out on where lives and what he lives from. One of his main points in this chapter is that every person has a divine power to create and develop the kind of surrounding he chooses to live in and what he wants to live from. He also brings up the issue ofthe great feeling of achievement that comes with creating or coming up with something, like he did by building his own house.By speaking of creation, he does not try to raise his standards or raise…

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  • Thoreau Transcendentalism

    When, in the mid-1800s, Transcendentalism became prominent, so too did the subject of nature. It was believed that nature was a freeing force, a refuge for the human soul. It was in nature, that humans could discover their true selves. Henry David Thoreau in particular believed in the wonders of nature and would isolate himself at Walden Pond for two years of his life. More than a century later, Thomas Merton would pursue the idea of solitude and importance of nature from his hermitage in…

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  • Theme Of Materialism In Henry David Thoreau

    Henry David Thoreau, an unconventional Romantic writer, uses his experience at Walden Pond to decipher the significant elements of life. Through his time spent in solitude, he ponders upon personal development and wishes to “live deliberately” and simply. Thoreau’s idea of living simply and reflecting on the important things in life allows him to realize that society is filled with a myriad of detrimental matters, including the prominent materialistic mindset, unnecessary distractions including…

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  • The Beliefs Of Life And Romanticism In Walden, By Henry David Thoreau

    times. When he wrote Walden, Thoreau wrote about his own experiences in the natural world and how it changed him. In his writing, Thoreau explains why one should live deliberately. He actively argues to convince the reader to do so. Even today, Thoreau’s words still hold up, convincing more people every year that life has to be well lived, not just well supplied with expensive clothes and technology to entertain you, but valued for its worth as the dearest thing owned. In the end, only one thing…

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  • Thoreau Metaphors

    Henry David Thoreau was a transcendentalist thinker who decided to live next to a pond for a while and write a book that most current day high school students despise. However, some of the lessons hidden in his abstract metaphors and confusing similes still hold weight today. One of the main focuses of Walden was to show readers that they can live off of the bare minimum and do not need fancy technology to live. His life at Walden Pond proved this notion. While many people may have read…

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  • Comparing Thoreau And Vegetarianism

    I want to present two people, Henry David Thoreau and a vegan. Thoreau was an American Romantic who decided to go to the woods to live off the land, so he spent a year at Walden Pond hoeing beans and watching the water to show that anyone can sustain themselves on a small budget and nature while a vegan abstains from consuming any animal products. What do they have in common? Stereotypically, vegans are outspoken and obnoxious, and for some, Thoreau is annoying and irrelevant. Yet they share a…

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