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Visitors - Walden

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Wesley Lo

on 24 September 2012

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Chapter 6: Visitors By:Wesley Lo Plot Summary 1. Thoreau likes society as much as most people.
2. Deeper conversations/Three Chairs
3. Hospitality/Visitors
4. Meets a French-Canadian wood chopper.
6. Judgemental business-men Thesis Statement Thoreau counterbalances the previous chapter of solitude by reiterating how he too enjoys the company of society. Rhetorical
Strategies Simile Allusion Polysyndeton "We could not speak low enough to be heard; as when you throw two stones into calm water so hear that they break each other's undulations" (116). "he was so quiet and solitary and so happy withal" (120). Personification "In physical endurance and contentment he was cousin to the pine and the rock" (120). Coinage "When Winslow, afterward governor of the Plymouth Colony..." (117). This simile provides a deeper understanding of how Thoreau felt about company and the thoughts that intermingle from one to the other in the small enclosed space of his cabin. Thoreau shows a great interest in this Canadian man because he like the fact that he is so solitary yet happy. He uses polysyndeton to show how his continuously admiring qualities fascinate him. Thoreau uses the example of the very first Plymouth colony to illustrate his point about hospitality. Thoreau describes the "man" to be one with nature. He gives the pieces of nature the human-like quality of being a family member (cousin). "Not to your hospitality, but to your hospitalality; who earnestly wish to be helped, and preface their appeal with the information that they are resolved, for one thin,g never to help themselves" (124). Thoreau coins a word with "hospitalality." If "hospitality" means treating guests in a hospitable fashion, then "hospitalality" means treating them as if they were in a hospital. Thoreau did not welcome people who would not help themselves.
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