Walden Essay

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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau went into the woods to experience life in a new way. He wanted to live life for real. Upon living by Walden pond, Thoreau got exactly what he wanted and more. Stress free and well adapted, Thoreau experienced a kind of spiritual existence and satisfaction he had not expected, and eagerly greeted each new day that God had blessed him with the chance to explore nature. Thoreau saw a simplistic life as the the best way to live and desired that kind of existence for everyone. He had then, for that same reason, proceeded years later to write about his findings in Walden where he used rhetoric to passionately describe his encounter with nature and the wholeness he experienced. Thoreau often uses images of light and dark and good and bad to contrast nature and society. "they plainly fished much more in the Walden pond of their own natures, and baited their hooks with darkness,-but they soon retreated, usually with light baskets, and left "the world to darkness and to me,"... " Although the usage of the word "light" did not in this paticular case mean the same as good, this single sentence is full of such examples. As discussed in the chapter "Where I Lived and What I Lived For" Thoreau describes his fishing experience as something spiritually rewarding, stating that he wanted to "drink deeply" from the stream of time and get the most out of it that he could. The men at Walden pond too were fishing, but with the bait of "darkness." These men represent society, baited with only greed and evil to get what they want out of life. By saying this, Thoreau wanted the reader to see that it is easy to lose one's way in life if they focus on the wrong things. If they were to live simply like Thoreau, a natural life,then perhaps their hooks would be baited with something else.That they did so "of their own natures" proves the material motives behind the fishing of the men- as it was not of nature itself- and denies the element of simplicity which...
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