In Henry Thoreau'S Walden Thoreau Spent Two Years Away

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In Henry Thoreau 's Walden Thoreau spent two years away from society living in a cabin in the woods with only the necessities. He was surrounded by farmers and would occasionally go into town. Thoreau was a transcendentalist that tried to find answers to life’s questions through nature. He challenged the regular way society would live and found that his way was a rewarding way of living.He compared the way that the farmers around him to how he was able to live and compared the difference of the two ways to live. Thoreau valued freethought, importance of nature, and self-reliance, Henry David Thoreau lived as an individual who did not need materialism. The purpose that Thoreau wrote Walden was to answer people’s questions on his way of …show more content…

The point thoreau is trying to make is there are many different ways to get a better understanding of life.
The audience that Thoreau is initially writing for would be the people around the area that questioned the way that he lived, but at a broader sense it would be for everyone that is defined by society. Thoreau mentioned how farmers who should be blessed by working with nature are actually burdened to work for society. He made the observation that farmers were not working to sustain themselves but to sustain society in that society relied on the farmers crops. “I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in. Who made them serfs of the soil?” (p.2).Farmers would be better off farming for themselves but they can not because the land they farm on might be government owned.The way Thoreau lived was not completely work free. He had a few jobs while living in the woods such as a farm hand. He calculated that he would only need to work six weeks out of the whole year to have enough money for what he spends on the whole year. Many people work all year and do not seemed to be satisfied with their belongings or their status in life.
The tone of Walden changes a bit throughout the book. At some

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