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"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

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on 14 November 2017

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Transcript of "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's Purpose
-to persuade the reader that a new freedom can be discovered when choosing humanity over civilization
Argument of overcomplexity
Throughout the entirety of the writing Thoreau stresses that Humanity has a prevailing issue of overcomplexity. Something that needs to be solved.
Common Sense Argument (logos)
Diction
Background info:
-the title "Walden" came from the name of a pond in which Thoreau lived on in a cabin for two years
"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau
-to explain his steps taken on his journey to discovery
-Harvard graduate
-he published the book "Walden" in 1854
-fought against slavery and defended John Brown
Logos
- “Men think that it is essential that the Nation have commerce, and export ice, and talk through a telegraph, and ride thirty miles an hour, without a doubt, whether they do or not; but whether we should live like baboons or like men, is a little uncertain.”
- “Each one is a man, an Irishman, or a Yankee man.”

- “If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter.”


frittered , fluctuating, supernumerary,
unfathomed, speculations, pecuniary,
vexing, draggletail, exhilarating,
sublime, barbarous, perpetual,
meridian, alluvion, freshet,
extremities, perturbation, rudiment
Thoreau uses logos to reinforce his distaste for complexity and organizations such as the news and post office and in turn civilization.
He argues that the nation is in essence an unwieldy and overgrown machine. He says this to point out that its this complexity and cluttering leads to a majority of problems.
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