In his book, Walden, Henry David Thoreau uses imagery, simile, and metaphor, to develop his theme of self-reliance and individualism within nature. The way in which Thoreau describes the scenery allows the reader to become immersed in the world that he has described. Specifically, he uses images
He wrote about how technology and new lifestyles were continuously replacing what nature had established. He pointed out how nature was the window for people to find their own identity, which was fogged by the changes in society the industrial revolution had caused. Then, he continued to elaborate on how pure nature truly was by stating that all living things survive and live because of nature. Thoreau believes that society had lost itself in the tangles of its discoveries, and points to the solution of going back to
Comment on the imagery he employs in this chapter that blurs the lines between people and nature. Thoreau employs imagery that blurs the lines between people and nature as he believes nature to be his friend. Essentially, Thoreau asserts nature is his companion personifying natural objects as an individual would normally have a human as a companion rather than nature. It demonstrates a parallel between nature and people, thus, blurring the line. Thoreau writes, ¨Every little pine needle expanded and swelled with sympathy and befriended me.
Thoreau, instead, seeks simplicity and solitude and leaves for Walden Pond in the woods to discover what nature has to teach him. He wants to experience the essential facts of life, and learn from it so that he cannot, at the end of his life, say that he hadn’t truly lived. For almost two years, Thoreau lived at Walden Pond exploring, embracing, and being one with his
The condition of the operatives is becoming every day more like that of the English; and it cannot be wondered at, since, as far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly clad, but, unquestionably, that corporations may be enriched¨ (Walden, 13). Moreover, Thoreau believes factory produced goods and the overall use of technology disassociate people with the connection of producing goods and doing work. Thoreau was a transcendentalist thus possessing the beliefs of transcendentalism. He wanted to maintain a spiritual life connected to nature. He believed an individual could find the divine directly through a connection to nature and a man must become a part of nature to truly find the divine.
Unification with the nature is also important for Thoreau. In the chapter, Solitude, he mentions about this unification. In the forest, he was suddenly “sensible of such sweet and beneficent society in Nature” (177). Now, his “whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore” (174). Although he unites with the nature, he is not “wholly involved in Nature”, and “[he knows himself] as a human entity” (180).
I analyzed the attitude of the author Henry David Thoreau, in the excerpt from the story Walden, I believe he has realized that a simpler life with less ownership of things is a better way to live. He used many examples of figurative speech and I believe his tone is moralizing, in that he is trying to convince others to appreciate the simpler way of life. In this part of the book I have examined, Thoreau explains why he has moved to a secluded place to live. Tells how he was worried about not knowing what life is really like so he moved away from others and the demands of life. He writes that he did not want to end his life, and wonder if he had really experienced what God had intended us understand.
Again mentioning the aspect of space, Thoreau states that "In my house we were so near that we could not begin to to hear" showing how he feels that his visitors must have meaningful things to say, in which case they must have enough room to say these meaningful things, since he does not like small talk. He also states that people must be silent in order to enjoy an intimate society, "speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout." This shows Thoreau's attitude towards visitors being accepting of only those who know how to listen properly, and speak only their deepest and most meaningful
Thoreau has to utilize material items as a way to evoke a spiritual outcome, meanwhile Franklin is materialistic so that he does not have to have debt to his creditors. Thoreau believes that everyone should live according to their true passions, because by finding ones passions will allow one to have freedom. Another way to acquire freedom is by minimizing ones need, rather than what one wants. Thoreau argues that luxuries not only acquire excess labor, but also oppress humans spiritually because they are infiltrated with worry and constraint. Since people believe that they need excess possessions to be happy, this forces people to work more and lose their inner freedom along the way to social and economic mobility.
The majority of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, is about the idea of opting out of society. In the chapter “Solitude” Thoreau describes how “[his] horizon bounded by woods all to [himself]” is beautiful and solely his. As he is enjoying nature Thoreau states, “There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature” (111). This theme of being alone and appreciating nature carries throughout the entirety of the book, all leading to the fact that Thoreau believes the best way to live would be without society. Thoreau cannot stand to pay his taxes because, “[he] did not pay a tax to, or recognize the authority of, the state which buys and sells men, women, and children” (145), leading to him being thrown in jail.