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walden by henry david thoreau

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in psychology, social sciences

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Introduction

No doubt , the great Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord Massachusetts on July 12 , 1817 and died there calmly on May 6 , 1862 . He was explained by Hawthorne as “ugly as sin ” He appreciated nature , and his steady worry was exploring the woods and ponds making full observations of plants and creatures . Henry led a remarkable life , never marrying , and marching to his own [banner_entry_middle]

drummer , as he put it . From 1845 to 1847 , he lived unaccompanied in a little cabin he built by Walden Pond near Concord . He explain this sole trial in natural living in “Walden criticizing those who “lead lives of quiet desperation ” by all the trappings of usual society . His personal self-government and simple manner was harsh to a number of people , and he gained very little credit throughout his lifetime

Henry David Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay his poll-tax because he did not believe he should be part of a government which allowed the holding of slaves and invaded other countries (Mexico ) with a standing army . An unknown person paid his poll-tax and he was released from jail Thoreau would have to remain jailed and had others join him in his refusal . If others had joined him , based on their consciences he believes this could have caused the minority to force the majority to do the right thing “I know this well , that if one thousand , if one hundred , if ten men whom I could name – if ten honest men only – yes , if one HONEST man . ceasing to hold slaves .withdrew from the copartner-ship , and be locked up in the county jail therefore , it would be the abolition of slavery in America (Thoreau “Disobedience ” 317

Summary of His Book

Today a majority of high school students do not read books because it is considered “boring , and with today ‘s technology , you don ‘t have to read , something else will do it for you . People who don ‘t read often judge a book by its cover “It is not all books that are as dull as their readers ” Thoreau said this quote because people often judge books without knowing about the book , in this case , the book would not be dull but the person saying it is will be

In the chapter Reading , Thoreau said “To read well , that is , to read true books in a true spirit , is a noble exercise , and one that will task the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem . It requires training such as the athletes underwent the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object ” This quote is very important because Thoreau is saying that reading is not an easy task but it also requires lots of practice and training just as athletes undergo . Throughout the chapter of Reading , Thoreau states how everyone should read… [banner_entry_footer]

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