Thoreau's Philosophy Of Simplicity In Walden

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Text Analysis Popa Delia Georgiana Course Instructor :Dr. Lorelei Caraman English -German H.D. Thoreau’s Philosophy of Simplicity in “Walden” This autobiographical writing is an account for the two years of simply life spend by H.D .Thoreau in the woods on the shore of Walden Pond . In his writing he gave a explicit reason for choosing to live a secluded life: ‘I went the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what they had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.’(Thoreau,pg.63) What Thoreau experienced at Walden Pond was called by Samuel Alexander “alternative economics ”(Alexander.11) because he practised "self -reliance ", "self -discipline" and "self -culture" ,and his experiment was seen in Alexander 's opinion not like a renunciation of life but more like an affirmation of it .(Alexander.14). Furthermore, the Walden author is known for his aspiration to individualism and in this issue an important example is his work Self-Reliance. Ono of the most important aspects in this writing is the narrative perspective , a critical one ,where the author is criticizing the reader for not being able to pay for all the dinners he have actually eaten and he bring into view the “sneaking lives ” ( Thoreau ,pg 3 ) which much of the readers are living. The second important point is the one where the author release the true live of the man.
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