In the section Thoreau uses to conclude the book, he stresses the importance of knowing yourself. He stated that "truth means more than love, than money, than fame. He also advised that if you want to travel, you should explore yourself. He stated that "the world of nature is but a means of inspiration for us to know ourselves." He also believed that "it is the interpretation of nature by man, and what it symbolizes in the higher spiritual world that is important to the transcendentalists." Thoreau used his writing to show people what is possible, and to inspire them to find their own paths; to walk to a different drummer, rather than all being alike. The path that Thoreau took in Walden is just one way to reach that end.
In a period where growth both economically and territorially was seen as necessary for the development of a premature country, Thoreau felt the opposite.
He goes on to describe details about his stay in the jail and the treatment meted out to a person by the state as if he is only a physical entity and not an intellectual individual.
► Thoreau maintains that he does not want to quarrel.
Walden, one of Thoreau’s most famous commentaries on such a lifestyle, puts his ideology in perspective as he trod the forests of Concord, Massachusetts near Walden Pond....
[tags: Henry David Thoreau, laws, Patriot Act, ]
Thoreau wrote many significant works in American literature, including Walden and “Civil Disobedience.” The works of Henry David Thoreau were strongly influenced by the Transcendentalist movement and centered around his stay at Walden Pond....
[tags: Henry David Thoreau, Life in The Woods]
This vision cannot survive any serious reading of “Walden.” The real Thoreau was, in the fullest sense of the word, self-obsessed: narcissistic, fanatical about self-control, adamant that he required nothing beyond himself to understand and thrive in the world. From that inward fixation flowed a social and political vision that is deeply unsettling. It is true that Thoreau was an excellent naturalist and an eloquent and prescient voice for the preservation of wild places. But “Walden” is less a cornerstone work of environmental literature than the original cabin porn: a fantasy about rustic life divorced from the reality of living in the woods, and, especially, a fantasy about escaping the entanglements and responsibilities of living among other people.
Thoreau was a student of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
In Thoreau’s book, Walden , written at the pond, he theorized that education could come through an intimacy with nature and the end of education would come with death....