Henry David Thoreau Loves to be Alone Essay

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“I love to be alone.” It is one of the shortest sentences in the entire chapter, and yet it has so much to say. However, its simplicity is what makes it so complex. It is so short, that the reader cannot fully understand what Henry David Thoreau means by that. There are two basic things it could mean. More specifically, the usage of the word “alone” could mean two things. One meaning is that Thoreau loves to be alone from society, meaning people. The other is that Thoreau loves to be completely alone, away from both humans/society as well as nature. However, that meaning of the sentence makes Thoreau seem quite paradoxal. If by saying “I love to be alone,” Thoreau means that he loves to be away from society, it actually fits in context…show more content…
In fact, not only do people loose respect for one another, but they lose respect for themselves. By being alone, Thoreau is able to truly be himself without any restrictions. However, there is another way the sentence can be interoperated. That is that Thoreau meant that he loves to be completely alone. This from alone means being completely alone and solitary from society and other humans as well as nature. By it being just him and his thoughts, he is truly able to understand who he is, and by doing that, “suck out the merit in life.” However that contradicts what he says later in the chapter. He states, “So also, owing to bodily and mental health and strength, we may be continually cheered by a like but more normal and natural society, and come to know that we are never alone.” If people are never truly alone, then how can Thoreau know what it is like to be alone? How he know that he loves to be alone, if he never truly is alone? Thoreau even says earlier in the chapter, “This whole earth which we inhabit is but a point in space.. Why should I feel lonely? Is not our planet in the Milky Way?... What sort of space is that which separates a man from his fellows and makes him solitary?...” Is there a difference
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