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“Walden”
Essay

     “Walden,” by Henry David Thoreau, a
transcendentalist, is about the events of his time living at Walden Pond in the
1800’s. Thoreau, who lives a life of simplicity, tries to make a connection
between people, God, and Nature. He relates nature and his experiences within
it to his personal self rather than to society as a whole. Thoreau presents to
his audience a simple and inspirational guide to living. “Walden” inspires its
readers to not follow normal traditions, or normally imposed expectations, but
to find truth and self in nature.

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     First off, Thoreau analyzes how his life
changes. Venturing “to the woods” because he desires “to live deliberately,”
Thoreau implies he lives with purpose and thought; he wishes to face “only the
essential facts of life,” indicating that he focuses on important basic aspects
of life. On his death bed, he hopes not to “discover that” he does not live
life fully. He wants to reveal its lessons. “To live and suck all the marrow
out of life” indicates how he desires to delve into the meaning of life and
forcefully take in the sweetest, healthiest aspects of life. Thoreau intends
“to drive life into a corner” and control it; he commands life to give him what
he wants. To “live what is not life,” Thoreau is saying that he is not living
life to the fullest, and tries to change that by living how he wants to. People
live “like ants,” Thoreau illustrates how people and he live crazy, frantic
lives, and how he attempts to live a simpler life. As he goes through life, he
does “not stop and appreciate things in life.” He realizes this when he is
older that he has not been thankful for everything in life, and life itself. Intending
to live life freely, simply, kind, “and without perturbation,” Thoreau attempts
to change the way he has been living his life up to this point. Examining and
going into further detail, about the fact that everything around him does “not
change,” he considers that he is what changes.

     Next, Thoreau analyzes how he lives his
life. Rather than following “a particular route,” Thoreau believes that people
need to make changes in their own lives. Thoreau states that “the right of
tradition and conformity” stop new ideas from growing. This shows how he wants
to break free from societal expectations, and find his own way of living. If
someone follows their “dreams,” and “lives their lives” the way they want to,
Thoreau thinks they will be met “with success,” and become happy. If someone
does not “keep pace with” norms and their peers, they will live by their own
standards in life. His life is very unpleasant, and is filled with many
hardships, thus he does “not shun it” or run away from it. Instead, he tries to
embrace his life, and change it for the better. Thoreau explains that people
will see and respect others success, or “heavenly lights” as he puts it, as
long as they are humble and kind to everyone. Saying that “money is not
required,” illustrates that Thoreau sees that the best things in life are
priceless and do not cost any money. One way that Thoreau urges his readers to
find their true selves is making one’s self the most important aspect of one’s
life. He does this by disregarding public opinion in favor of private
opinion. He says that, “public opinion is a weak tyrant” as to everyone’s
own opinion.

     Finally, Thoreau explains how Nature
affects his life. In the story, Thoreau goes to “live deliberately” in the
woods. In doing so, this illustrates how Nature can provide an example for how
to do so. Indicating that most people do not know whether it is for good or for
bad, but simply follow in the idea “to glorify God,” which is mans sole purpose
in life. Time is not set, but is like a “stream,” it is continuously moving and
does not stop. Thoreau implies that time does not stop, and will never stop, it
is continuous. He makes a bold statement in saying that, “Earth” is but a minor
piece of a large, vast universe; thus hinting that no matter how big people
think they actually are, they are but “a point in space” or a speck of dust in
this world. Many people are “big-headed” or think that they are very important
and deserve special treatment, care, or etcetera; but in reality, they mean the
same thing to the world as everybody else, everyone is equal. Heaven is in the
skies “over their heads,” and also in the ground “under their feet.” In
fact, Heaven is here, there, and all around us and it is nowhere that God does
not exist.

     In conclusion, “Walden,” gives a guide to
living in that which includes that Thoreau himself shows how he is changing his
life for the better. This essay is a physical example of how Thoreau presents
to his audience how he lives life, and how people should try to live their
lives. Thoreau connects life to people and people to God in this story, also
shows how people themselves can make the connections. Walden is viewed not only
as a philosophical treatise
on labor, leisure, self-reliance, and individualism
but also as an influential piece of nature writing. Thoreau’s description of
the physical act of living day by day at Walden Pond gives the book authority,
while his command of an elegant style helps raise the work to the level of a
literary classic. And finally, this story is a great impact onto people’s
lives, and helps shape the way they should live.

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