Conquering Sainte Terre in Walking by Henry David Thoreau Essay

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In Walking by Henry David Thoreau he starts off “I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil, — to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.” He continues on how walking isn’t just a workout or voyage to see the landscape but a crusade to conquer Sainte Terre the “Holy Land”, that we “must walk like camels”. When Thoreau sets out on his crusade he continues about how when walking he tries to avoid the main roads, any villages and any populated areas to avoid society because the word village derives from the Latin words for road and for vile. He believed that if you have paid your debts, settled all your …show more content…

Robert Matuozzi article focuses on The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson. He quotes Emerson “Men have become the tool of their tools”. I think he uses this quote because he too believes that how when a person specializes with a tool, the person themselves then becomes the tool to the society and the people in it. From reading this \article I learned that Emerson believed that knowledge wasn’t gained from institutions but from real world experience. I agree with this article because Emerson wanted life to be simpler than it was. He didn’t expect everyone to understand him but he wanted people to learn his type of thinking and how it changed him.

In this article Tom Potter criticizes Thoughts About Walden by Henry David Thoreau. After reading the book again he believes that it may be challenging for people to define Walden because it can be interrupted as Transcendental Philosophy, or nature. He believes that Thoreau offers no real answer to life’s haunting questions. People expect there to be only one answer but Thoreau says that there is otherwise. He believed that people who may read this might consider living a simpler life. “Thoreau himself gives no direct answer to anything. He stimulates and walks away, leaving you to continue the great exploration of life”. (Potter)

In the article I read by Tom Potter that is about the Thoughts About Walden he describes the book to have many meanings than just the

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