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Ponds in Winter

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Kayla Wilhelm

on 11 November 2013

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Transcript of Ponds in Winter

In order to understand...
In order to be able to understand our chapters, it is vital that you are aware of Sounds, Ponds, and Brute Neighbors. Make note of these chapters as they are mentioned!
Winter Animals
• Starting out the chapter, Thoreau discusses other places near to where he lives like Flint’s Pond, Baffin’s Bay, Goose Pond, and Lincoln Hills. He visits these places to have a basis of comparison for Walden. Mainly he describes the background to the locations given by describing the usual snowfall to Walden Woods.
Summary (cont)
• Many animals are discussed in this chapter which brings back relevance to other chapters such as Sounds, Brute Neighbors, and Ponds. These animals mentioned are a metaphor to people of society. Thoreau leaves out corn for the animals so that they would come in closer proximity to him and his house. Thoreau expresses his absolute adoration for the red squirrels and how he likes the way they scavenge for food; on the other hand, he hates the blue jays. He doesn’t like how they take more than they need to a point where they are almost choking on their food.
Summary (cont)
• He also describes the journey of a hunter who is looking for his dogs (hounds) who are chasing a fox and end up finding a man (Thoreau) instead. “He had lost a dog but found a man,” (Thoreau 195).
• He states within this chapter that the partridge and the rabbit are the two animals bound to survive (as thought by Thoreau).

Quote Analysis
"…for if we take the ages into our account, may there not be a civilization going on among brutes as well men?" (214 blue) (257 white)

"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn." (216 blue) (259 white)
In this quote, Thoreau feels as if Nature accepts him for who he is,
Ponds in Winter
Winter Animals

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Quote Analysis (cont)
"It is Nature's own bird which lives on buds and diet-drink." (217 blue) (260 white)
Personification of Nature

"He had lost a dog, but found a man." (218 blue) (261 white)

This is an example of transcendentalist views. This man may have lost his dog, but in the process, he found himself.
Ponds In Winter
For this chapter, make sure you are familiar with Ponds first.
The pond is symbolic to Thoreau
Ponds In Winter
• In this chapter, Thoreau looks beneath the surface of the frozen pond to see what it is like. He sees the fish swimming and all the wondrous creatures beneath the surface.
• Thoreau also measures the depth of the pond. Even though people have done it before him, it is the desire to prove it true that drives him to do it (deepest at it longest length and widest width).

Summary (cont.)
• As restated throughout the book, Walden Pond is a metaphor for Thoreau himself. He believes the pond is sacred so when people disturb it, he isn’t too pleased about it. So, when people come to remove the ice from Walden Pond, Thoreau is angry. One for taking away the sacredness and too for taking more than they need. They worked for a man that had wealth but wanted more, he was taking the ice to double his profits. And as we know Thoreau believes that one should take only what one needs and nothing more.
• Thoreau is curious as to how the ice changes from place to place because it was something he was familiar with and then he lost it.

Quote Analysis:
"Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask." (222 blue) (265 white)

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." (223 blue) (266 white)

"Such a man has some right to fish, and I love to see Nature carried out in him." (223 blue) (266-267 white)

Quote Analysis (cont)
"They, of course, are Walden all over and all through; are themselves small Waldens in the animal kingdom, Waldenses." (224 blue) (267 white)

"While men believe in the infinite some ponds will be thought to be bottomless." (225 blue) (268 white)
remain mystery

"We know that a hill is not highest at its narrowest part." (227 blue) (271 white)
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