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Where I Lived and What I Lived For

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lauren benfield

on 11 September 2014

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Transcript of Where I Lived and What I Lived For

Discussion Questions
At the beginning of this chapter Thoreau tells the story of how he almost bought the Howell Farm. Many of the qualities that made this farm attractive to Thoreau would have made it very unattractive to most real estate buyers. What were some of those qualities? What does Thoreau's preference for these qualities say about the difference between his priorities and those of most people?
The Philosophical lesson in this chapter would be that people need to be more appreciative to nature and their surrounding; how we don't need everything we say we must have. Thoreau is explaining throughout the chapter all the beauty he sees in the morning and all of the little creatures such a birds flying through the trees. He believes that the technology advances in the world are ruining us and that we should live a simple life with out all of the luxuries. Phones and TVs are unnecessary, yet some people think they are a necessity in life. Thoreau says if we lived like him and appreciated everything we wouldn't need to worry.
-"It was Homer's requiem; itself an Iliad and Odyssey in the air, singing its own wrath and wanderings." (Thoreau 72)
-"Olympus is but the outside of the Earth everywhere." (Thoreau 69)
-"All poets and heroes, like Memmon, are the children of Aurora, and emit their music at sunrise." (Thoreau 73)

-Thoreau used to live on a farm 2 miles away from the nearest village.
-He moved out by Walden Pond and built his own house.
-Thoreau treasures every morning because he thinks while everyone is sleeps they are also renewing themselves.
-He discusses how only a few people are actually awake enough to use their brain.
-Thoreau believes advances in technology are ruining us and that we should all live as simple as possible.
Chapter Two: Where I Lived and What I Lived For
Walden by Henry Thoreau
Pages 76-93

An anecdote is a short and interesting story about a real incident/person. Thoreau shares a story about his past life, to be more specific what kinds of houses he used to live in. "The only house I had been the owner of before, if I except a boat, was a tent, which I used occasionally when making excursions in the summer, and this is still rolled up in my garret; but the boat, after passing from hand to hand, has gone down a stream of time" (Thoreau 80). Before Thoreau stated this he was talking about his cabin and the Hollowell's farm. Then he got more into detail about his life before he came to live in the woods for 2 years. He also includes a pun in this as well, "...gone down the stream of time" (Thoreau 80). This is referring back to his boat.
Important Quotes
-"I went to the woods because I wished 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" (Thoreau 85).
-Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself" (Thoreau 83).
Some of the unattractive/attractive(to Thoreau) qualities included: Retirement, meaning not close to any civilization(Thoreau). A river was near the house(attractive). A ash gray and run down house; barn. Dilapidated fence, lichen covered apple trees.(Thoreau)
Thoreau, as you can tell a very simple guy. He is pleased with what he is given, he see's beauty in almost anything, such as this old barn. Most people are not satisfied with what they are given these days, especially if they got this barn. In today's society people want everything new and expensive; Thoreau is the complete opposite.
By: Lauren Benfield and August Waller
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