Loneliness In Walden, By Henry David Thoreau

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In Walden, Thoreau gives his thoughts and stories on different matters, like solitude and loneliness. In it, he starts to tell us an in-depth description about the breathtaking nature and creatures. Even though this whole chapter is mostly talking about nature, he starts to get down to solitary. He is use to being alone because he lived on a prairies and people did not live close to his house. So you can say that he has no problem being by himself. He likes being alone and we know this because he even says it in Walden. All throughout this paragraph, it tells us that when he's alone, he doesn't actually feel lonesome. He even say, “ I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by a sense of solitude, but once, and that was a few weeks after I came to the woods, when, for an hour, I doubted if the near neighborhood of man was not essential to a serene and healthy life. To be alone was something unpleasant.” These sentences tell us that once he does, in fact, ended up not wanting to be alone. I'm sure that it was because he probably wasn’t as prepared for what was out there and didn't know his way around the area of the forest. …show more content…

He says, “ I have heard of a man lost in the woods and dying of famine and exhaustion at the foot of a tree, whose loneliness was relieved by the grotesque visions with which, owing to bodily weakness, his diseased imagination surrounded him, and which he believed to be real.” This story claims to have been someone that didn't know enough to be in the woods. Though, I see a comparison to Thoreau and Chris McCandless in Into the Wild (as well as the man lost in the woods) . Their stories are different but somewhat similar. They end up out in nature alone and this is not something most people would do on a regular

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