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Walden, or Life in the Woods

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Kaytra Somers

on 16 December 2013

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Transcript of Walden, or Life in the Woods

Walden, or Life in the Woods
-The conclusion

Quotes
1. "...I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one."
Visual Representation
Connections to Today
Romanticism/Transcendentalism
The conclusion was like romantic thought because it mentioned how humans should leave rural areas and live in nature.
Importance is that Thoreau is explaining that he needed to leave for good reason.
Interesting to me because he has a good way of saying we have different things to experience in life.
He says how people get so used to the same path or routine and rarely stray from it.
Which is exactly what people are like today.
Quote number 2:
"How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!"
This quote is saying that humans should break tradition make our own path, follow our hearts, and live at our passions. He states that the more we simplify our lives, the more we will be open to seeing the world through the common eye. Arguing for uniqueness over worldly success.
Cabin and his path others travel
Thoreau going back to civilization
Quote 3
"That if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Important of this quote is that he says that if you do try something new you will most likely be successful.
Interesting to me because its saying that you don't always have to follow the crowd.
Summary
Thoreau was explaining why he left woods.
Saying that a difference in places can change the difference in the "laws" and "rules" you live by.
Thoreau begins conclusion by explaining that you don't have to go exploring far away lands when humans themselves are undiscovered lands that they can discover through thought. He believes that we should not be so quick to try and "modernize" the world and we should slow it down and try to understand ourselves. for example if he were alive today he would probably think that we don't run machines, machines run us.
Transcendentalism-Thoreau explains that there is danger in falling into the same rituals. and that humans should substitute former thoughts with a broader understanding of common sense.
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