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Ane Hoffmann

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Transcript of Walden

Clara Favret
Ane Hoffmann
Miso Lee For the first time Thoreau has Ch. 16
The Pond in Winter Walden Chapter 16-18 Ch. 16
The Pond in Winter Affection of Thoreau for the Pond Pond=Thoreau Summary Chapter 17 Spring laboratory of the Artist who made the world and me Analysis Ice on pond is sensitive to shifts in temperature. Thawing sand and clay flowing down Chapter 17 Spring Spring
Thawing of ice
The laboratory of the Artist
The equilibrium of Nature
Wildness Old local who decided to go duck hunting at Walden Pond. close observer of Nature In a pleasant spring morning all men's sins are forgiven. Birds fly with song, plants spring and bloom, and winds blow to correct this slight oscillation of the poles and preserve the equilibrium of nature. Pond=Thoreau Walden was dead and alive metaphors Expresses his emotion The pond is a symbol for his self, entire chapter symbolize the happy rebirth of his spirit. Spring = rebirth Summary Thoreau's observations:
the ice, and the water
admires the fishermen
admires the fish Ice-cutters "what-how-when-where?" does not allow for questions,
it only goes "Forward!" "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." "taking off [...] the skin itself" Imagines the destination of the ice. Analysis DiscussionQuestion1. Why do you think Thoreau specifically writes about Spring from all four seasons? What kind of message is within spring? Rebirth.
Spiritual rebirth.
Another beginning of nature cycle DiscussionQuestion2. In chapter 17, how do you understand Thoreau's parallel between the pond and his own body and soul? And the ‘melting ice’ has something special meaning? Walden Pond = Thoreau
Ice melts = Become free and alive again
spiritual elevation DiscussionQuestion3. What does Thoreau mean when he uses the philosopher's precept "Explore thyself"? Just follow the universal values
=> Fit in limited, shallow and ordinary
Discover ourselves Thought-Provoking Questions 4. Have you ever taken considerable amount of time to think about yourself and your mind state considerately? If so, what did you recognize about yourself? Did you find new aspect of yourself? Discuss about the experience. 3. In chapter 18, Thoreau repeatedly emphasizes about
the importance of 'truthness' within you. What is your own definition toward 'truthness'? Is there any moment you came across the 'truth' itself in your life? Mainly about "Ice" "Thaw" means revitalization “Direct your eye right inward, and you'll find
A thousand regions in your mind
Yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be
Expert in home-cosmography" Summary Ch 18
Conclusion Self reflection Life = Endless possibilities "Explore Thyself" Analysis Ch 18
Conclusion Why did he leave the woods? Routine “Patriotism is a maggot in their heads” Successful Life = Achieve our Dreams “In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness” Acquire what is necessary of the soul We are nothing than “insects” under
“a greater Benefactor and Intelligence” “It looks poorest when you are richest” (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr “Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star” To understand life we must be awake for this Simplify life ice =
water = & purity
depth = of the mind Legend of Walden Pond's so-called infinite depth, Thoreau succeeds in measuring it of the pond, = Thoreau is angered India (?) doubts: Nature "skin" soul infinity "Squaw Walden" "like flowers or precious stones" pickerels Law of Nature psychological predetermination ? Strong inspiration from Hinduism [...]I bathe my intellect in the [...]philosophy of the Bhagvat-Geeta = 1. According to this chapter, why is individualism/the pursuit of one's own interests important in Thoreau's philosophy of life? it stretched itself and yawned like a waking man with gradually increasing tumult. Everything changes all the time even the truth One attraction Chapter 17 Spring Spring
Thawing of ice
The laboratory of the Artist
The equilibrium of Nature
Wildness GOD Thaw with his gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. we need the tonic of wildness! Beside this I got a rare mess of golden silver and bright cupreous fishes, which looked like a string of jewels. 2.He says that pond is his symbol and pond depth is his inner soul and spirit. Why did he choose pond for his symbol, not tree or other natural things?
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