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Essay about Exploring Frontiers of Thought in Walden

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Exploring Frontiers of Thought in Walden

In his world-famous thought-provoking novel, Walden, Henry David Thoreau presents his readers with a simple, inspirational guide for living. Written beside the beautiful Walden pond and completely surrounded by an unencumbered natural world, Thoreau writes about his own relationship with the beauty that surrounds him. His book provides an outlet for everyone to learn from his lessons learned in nature, whether they be city-dwellers or his own neighbors. One of Thoreau's most prominent natural lessons running throughout his novel is that of his deeply rooted sense of himself and his connection with the natural world. He relates nature and his experiences within it to his
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Many readers might be shocked when reading that Thoreau was imprisoned for a short time for not paying taxes, but one might also realize that he did not agree with the state's "buying and selling men, women, and children, like cattle at the door of its senate-house (232)." Thoreau is a man to which a good overall "private opinion" of himself was not only important, it was imperative. He asks his readers to "Direct your eye inward [and not to society] and you'll find one thousand regions in your mind yet undiscovered." Thoreau believes that the inhabitants of this world have better things to do than worry about the opinions of others. He implies that the people of the world would be more successful if given freedom from society's expectations.

Thoreau finds this freedom from "public opinion" in nature. He writes this book in hopes that its readers will begin to see themselves as inhabitants of the natural world rather than members of society. He offers many insights in the way of finding oneself in nature and one's roots in the earth's soil. "Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself (207)?". Thoreau realizes his connection with nature and remains loyal to it, using it, keeping it as a
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