Analysis Of Henry David Thoreau 's Walden

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To understand and face death head on is to understand how to live. Buddhist followers believe in a bird that sits on their shoulder and tells them whether or not they are going to live or die each day; no one knows when he or she is going to die. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow would you live differently? Henry David Thoreau in an excerpt of his book Walden addresses complex philosophical ideas including death, simplifying everyday life and religion using: carefully chosen, meditative word choice, comparisons and other philosophies and stories intended for the audience of Concord during the 1800’s. Death is uncertain; no one survives to tell of the other side, yet it perpetuates life into existence. Thoreau compares living life to sculpting and that to “carve” life is the “highest art.” His comparison of how a person chooses to life their life instantly evokes an image in the audience’s head of “carving” their life and making sure that the product is truly beautiful. This is one of Thoreau’s attacks of the mundane and stale lives that humans seem to live in America during the 1800’s. Transcendentalist, specifically Emerson, believe that “imitation is suicide,” each individual’s life is important and unique to them. Society is only going to ruin the pure souls of individuals. One of Thoreau’s most memorable ideas is that humans live like “ants” and their lives are “frittered away by detail.” When I was in elementary school I would watch ants and ponder what they
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