Where I Lived And What I Live For Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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In Henry David Thoreau memoir, Walden , chapter two, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For ,Thoreau explains why, “ I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” Thoreau uses the appeal of pathos to display to the audience his declaration of living simplistic all the way cut down to the necessities with figurative language and syntactical choices. Thoreau breaks down this chapter into two sections where he lived and what he lives for, as the name of the chapters. In Where I Lived, starting off on the first line, “AT A CERTAIN season of our life we are accustomed to consider every spot as the possible site of a house, ” Thoreau uses a paradox, and irony, to state when one is looking for a house, one considers every possible land space to build/buy a house; now it might not seem true, but when you’re looking for a place to live, one does take into account every available property. Ironically, Thoreau himself, is looking for a house and has, “...surveyed the country on every side within a dozen miles.” Later on in paragraph three, Thoreau uses irony again because in the poet’s eye, “...has put his farm in rhyme, the most admirable kind of invisible fence, has fairly impounded it, milked it, skimmed it…,” while the farmer only gets the materialistic part of the farm, “Why, the owner does not know it for many years when a poet has, and got all the cream, and left the farmer only the skimmed milk.” He’s referring to the owner of Hollowell farm, the one he tried to buy, but the man’s wife changed her mind and retracted her offer: because…show more content…
n the next paragraph, Thoreau, structured it by creating imagery to state, “The real attractions of the Hollowell farm.” He lists what caught his attention throughout the farm, briefly describing them, leading up to what he adored the
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