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clothing, shelter, and fuel (Thoreau, 11.)[i] Although he conducted his great experiment to prove this theory in 1845, could we survive today on Thoreau’s base necessities and would we be happier if we did? In his book Walden, Thoreau describes life in a home that he built himself at Walden Pond, where he remained for two years and two months, away from the luxuries of civilization. Thoreau hoped to prove in order to get more out of life we needed less. One can agree that physical survival is dependent...

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Journals Section 1: Quote Analysis The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. It sums up the visionary side of Thoreau; he was not just an experimenter living in isolation at Walden Pond, but also a deeply social and morally inspired writer with an important message for the masses. The message being the importance of self-reliance and the value of simplicity. So that all the pecuniary outgoes, excepting for washing and mending...

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as a larger metaphor for life itself. "The Ponds" -- How does Thoreau's imagery and descriptions of the ponds convey a sense of religion? Thoreau's imagery and descriptions of the ponds specifically describe Walden pond as being green at times and blue at other times. This makes Walden pond seem like a connecting medium between heaven and earth. In this way, the pond essentially connects the physical world to the spiritual world. Moreover, the fact that one's reflection can be viewed in the surface...

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Nathan Leslie History 1700 Monday 7:00 PM Walden (1854) By: Henry David Thoreau I have always been a fan of Henry Thoreau; my house is littered of quotes of his that I like to think I live my life by. One of my favorites is very apparent in this entry from Walden, a book that I have read many times, “That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest”. Thoreau’s two years that he spent at Walden Pond are rooted in this sentiment, and I couldn’t agree more. Thoreau starts off by...

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Simplicity in Walden

In Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, or, Life in the Woods, the concept of simplicity was a striking key factor. Thoreau clearly states in his first story “Economy”, “Moreover, I, on my side, require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life…” (1). Simplicity comes from within and to realize the morale at such a young stage in life is a gift that many can cherish forever. Simple is best, how often do we find that as a contradiction, and how ironic that a man such as...

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Walden Two

 B.F. Skinner wrote “Walden Two” during the post war WWII time. His story is about a community in America called Walden Two. The story takes place as two professor’s travel to the community along with two soldiers and their girlfriends. The soldiers had just gotten back from the war and were interested in Walden Two because of all the negativity seen after the war. The story is centered on the experience at Walden Two and exploring how the community works. Taken as a piece of psychological fantasy...

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Walden and Transcendentalism

WALDEN AND TRANSCENDENTALISM Henry Thoreau’s masterpiece, Walden or a Life in the Woods, shows the impact transcendentalism had on Thoreau’s worldview. Transcendentalism is a philosophy that asserts the primacy of the spiritual over the material. Transcendentalism puts the emphasis on spiritual growth and understanding as opposed to worldly pleasures. Thoreau’s idea of transcendentalism stressed the importance of nature and being close to nature. He believed that nature was a metaphor...

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Walden - Economy

Dharma Leggat Dr. Rowley WRT 102 October 5, 2008 Response Essay Number One – Walden Modern society has denoted that in order to succeed, one must be technologically literate. Compared to the telegraph and telephone from the past century, we now live in the era of the fiber optic wire and the infamous Internet. Computers and the World Wide Web have bridged the gap between both ends of the earth, allowing mass amounts of information to reach any who search for it. China has become the new...

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Walden: a Rhetorical Analysis

Walden: Rhetorical Analysis In Thoreau’s book Walden, he makes critical observations about society, and gives his solutions for the problems that he sees in the world that he lives in. He uses vivid analogies, anecdotes, and imagery to form a picture of what his life looks like from his point of view, in the minds of his readers. Thoreau’s book is a plea to society to stop and smell the roses, and stop doing things out of habit, or just because it’s what is socially acceptable. He urges...

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Walden Two

WALDEN TWO REACTION PAPER Walden Two introduces us to the concepts of positive punishment, classical conditioning, and shaping through the utopian community of Walden Two. Walden Two takes a dive into behavior modification through these concepts to create a society that is considered ideal. The main characters of Walden Two let us delve deep into the inner workings of this “utopia” through their criticisms and contrasting views. The characters expose the flaws and the successes of behavior modification...

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