"Where I Lived, and What I lived For"
Henry David Thoreau
Questions on Rhetoric and style
1. In the first paragraph, what does Thoreau declare as his higher purpose? I believe that Thoreau sees his higher purpose in life as to live life naturally, to get every breathe out of it, to live truly and happily and understand how it really is that life works. One would say Thoreau focuses on "Spartan-like" lifestyle, mentioned by the author in paragraph 1, however, later on the author, Thoreau mentions God and how one should "glorify and enjoy him forever". I believe that the author is contradicting himself starting from paragraph 1. The main purpose in authors life is to live life to the fullest and break it down into different aspects to understand every event of it. Throughout this paragraph the author uses ethos by establishing credibility and his own persona. 2. Cite and explain the antithesis in the first paragraph.
"For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainly about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to "glorify God and enjoy him forever."" I picked this sentence in paragraph 1, for the reason that this statement contradicts authors previous ideas. If I understood the diction of the previous statements correctly then this statement must be the antithesis of paragraph 1. Antithesis is the presentation of two contrasting images. The ideas are balanced by word, phrase, images. In this statement not only contradicts his precious statements, he as well compares two contrasting ideas as God and devil. The contradiction is present, because previously the author mentioned that he would like to live life as a "Spartan". As I recall, Spartans lifestyle was awfully strict and based on behaviorism and strategy, nothing spiritual as well as religious. 3. What are the meanings of dear and mean as...
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