Henry David Thoreau was many things, but the most important were him being a philosopher, a naturalist, abolitionist, and a poet. He was born in Concord Massachusetts, into a modest family with his two older siblings Helen and John Jar. As well as his younger sister Sophia. He went to Harvard College in 1833 to 1837. He took courses in philosophy mathematics, and science. He wasn’t satisfied with the traditional professions for college graduates so he and his brother John taught school in Canton, Massachusetts.
After he graduated he met Ralph Wald Emerson. 2. He went into the woods because he wanted place to write that he wouldn’t be bothered. He quotes “l went to the woods because wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”. Basically, he wanted to seize the day and get everything out of each day by removing himself from the normal life he had in Massachusetts, plus the economy was on his side. 3.
Ralph Wald Emerson influenced Thoreau because they had similar beliefs and were both poets and writers. For example, in Emerson essay “Self Reliance” and Thoreau essay “Resistance to Civil Government”. They speak about what changes need to be made in the society. Introduction: 1 . Today’s superfluous luxuries are definitely our cell phones. We can do everything on them. I could say they almost control our lives. For me the big one would be my computer. I use it every day and I could not live without it. Yes, there are some benefits of living without it mostly cost because computers are not cheap.
Also it could be a social thing as well as the excuse that you need to do better things with your life then bury yourself in front of a computer screen. 2. The wilderness was basically an escape for Thoreau and he was able to see fife in a different view and he was able to write without and distractions. 3. Lowell tells you that he was not as original and wild as he seems. 4. In 1840 the first postage stamp was invented by Sir Rowland Hill. The first stamp featured a picture of Queen Victoria costing 1 penny. Later in 1841, was the start of the first Afghan war.
More important, in 1843, the first wagon trail on the Oregon Trail set out in 1843. The trail was led by John Biddable. In 1844, Samuel Morse created an electromagnetic telegraph and it used dots, dashes, and spaces to convey the message that was being sent. Also, in 1848 the California gold rush starts and this draws almost a half a million people to California. 5. I think he was doing this because Thoreau talks in a very different way than we do now and when he is talking about him, it can sometimes get a bit confusing, so he might have said this to get the readers attention back and give them a bit of more modern text to read.
Economy: 1 . In the bottom of the paragraph, he uses a simile to convey the message that we have to treat ourselves with care and not work all the time. Also Thoreau uses symbolism quite a bit to convey what normal men are to him. He calls them machines. . He is saying that humans have took a different path to their lives and made themselves think that is the correct and best way to live. 3. It gives the reader a sense of that there is more in the sentence, but in the example that is on the sheet, it tells the reader that it could be bad, or it could be really bad.
I think he does this because it impacts the reader more and it makes his point more believable. 4. I think because he is afraid of change. The cloths could symbolize the government, inventions styles and many different things. 5. He wanted to show the reader how much he spent on only the things he needed ND not what he wanted. Also he was spending a bar minimum and this showed the reader that you didn’t need a big house or a lot of clothes, you only needed shelter, cloths, food, water. 6. Thoreau thinks that clothing, shelter and some modern materials as a necessity but fashion was not as well as transportation. . I think that the best meaning of economy for Thoreau would be thrifty management; frugality in the expenditure or consumption of money, materials. Where I lived and what I lived for: 1 . This sentence is so long because he wanted to get the reader to understand why he was out in the woods. 2. With the dawn of the industrial revolution, there were many things that influenced simplicity and he wanted people to slow down and enjoy life. One example he gives you are railroads and how they are “too fast” for life.
Also he compares the people on the “sleeper” cars to the people that work in these cars and how they aren’t paying attention enough to life around them. 3. Well judging that he was a simplistic kind of person, I’m guessing that it means that he wanted you to live without being in debt or you or him having to owe any money. This can apply to saving your money and only spend it on what you deed instead of buying expensive cloths, phone and other unnecessary items. 4. He questions the Newspaper a lot and he talks about why we should let other people select our reading for us. I could question the value of Social Networking. Hind this because I think that for most people, social networking pretty much runs their lives. Also the big social networking sites are not just about social networking anymore but making the most money. Reading: 1 . Thoreau believes that is people were more careful in choosing their, they would all become students and observers, only because it’s their nature. Once he dads ancient philosopher. 2. The distinction between the two are that they have to different meanings and that they are two different tones. The mother voice is for unconsciously learned things and written language. The father tongue has to be learned by maturity. . Because it makes the readers get a picture in their mind and it also emphasizes the word. 4. 5. I think that he is trying to say that people don’t learn to read to actually learn how to read but make their life more convenient and so that they don’t get “cheated”. Solitude: 1. I think that it could go either way because you could be alone for a good season and you could be alone for a bad reason, and I think that he was alone for a good reason. 2. I think that he is trying to say that every part of the day was enjoyable and if you were busy and doing something you enjoyed, time would go by very fast and they will never be bored. . Maybe because he thinks that people don’t come out at night and the only people that do only stay for a little while. 4. Thoreau is saying that people are lonelier with other people than they can are on their own, as the others in the crowd won’t care about everything else everyone cares about. He personally preferred to be alone. 5. Thoreau talks a lot about how when he is one with nature he never feels alone. 6. Thoreau Shifts from saying that people don’t talk to each other enough to people shouldn’t talk to each other at all. 7.
He is asking are we (humans) not part of nature as well? I would agree with him as well because we are just like the leaves on a tree (living) and he explains how we are like anything else in the world. 8. Thoreau talks a lot about being alone and how it is a good thing and a bad thing, but most of all, I think that Thoreau likes to be alone. Visitors: 1 . He is saying how when we are around a lot of people we may only focus on en person because we know them or we are interested in them, but then we don’t focus on anyone else. We could possibly not even know they are there. . Metaphor, because he uses the bullet as maybe a thought or idea and it is quickly being passed to other people. This makes an impact because it gets the reader to visualize this in there head. 3. Some words would be “animal man”, “slumbering”, “reading”, “Greek”, and “appreciation”. These words stick out because he likes to read and be one with nature like Thoreau does. He teaches Thoreau about a book called Homer, but he has no appreciation behind the real meaning of the book. 4. Thoreau uses the dashes repeatedly to get more of a dramatic effect on the sentence.
The dramatic effect draws the reader in and makes the story better. 5. I don’t think so because he likes to be alone and he “needs his time to write” and spend time by the pond. Spring: 1 . Maybe because he wanted to see how nature really worked and he was amazed by the changes that occurred during the spring. 2. His tone is almost disgusted at how spring looks and when everything is starting to grow again. Some important words would be “Bowel” and “circumspections”. 3. An example old be when Thoreau says “Thaw with his gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thro with his hammer”.
This would be allusion. This helps him get his point across because it give you an example that you know and can relate to. 4. The chapter ended with the information that his work was done at Walden Pond and he either found that his experiment was successful or it was lacking so bad that he decided to leave. Conclusion: 1 . In my opinion it’s about something that is bigger and more complicated than we think is. We think we know something really well and there is nothing else to know about it anymore. 2.
He means that there are different paths for us to take and he took a different path than everyone else and for him it made all the difference. 3. Who would have suspected so large and cold and thick-skinned a thing to be so sensitive. Nature is very susceptible to change and it can be very sensitive. 4. This quote is optimistic because of the use of “dawn”, “sun”, “morning”, and “star”. 5. Think that he ordered his chapters by seasons and sensory settings. Civil Disobedience: 1 . He uses metaphors to point out that men are controlled and cannot focus on what they want to focus on and they are all alike in some way. When he italicized the words, it is for a different meaning that he is not saying to the reader directly, thus allowing them to insert their own world or think of what he might have put in there. 3. He is saying that some people may not agree with the decisions that the government make but they keep quiet and let these laws slip by like they don’t even notice them. This then gives more power to the government because some people are too frightened to speak out to the government. 4. He did this because it emphasizes the importance of the government and the politicians and how he sees it run. It means that voting is more than just putting a ballot into a box, but your vote counts more on a higher level than you think. 6. Maybe when voters come to vote and they don’t care who they vote for or know what they are voting for they just vote because they are forced to. 7. He went to jail because when the local tax collector came to collect takes from him, he refused. After spending one night in jail, someone paid the tax fees and he got released. This was a major impact on Thoreau. I agree with him going to jail because you have to obey the law weather you think it unfair or not.