Analysis Of Henry David Thoreau And Walden

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When thinking about the transcendental period and/or about individuals reaching out and submerging themselves in nature, Henry David Thoreau and his book, Walden, are the first things that come to mind. Unknown to many, there are plenty of people who have braved the environment and called it their home during the past twenty years, for example: Chris McCandless and Richard Proenneke. Before diving into who the “modern Thoreaus” are, one must venture back and explore the footprint created by Henry Thoreau.

On July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts, John and Cynthia birthed their third child, Henry David Thoreau. Striving to support the growing family, John worked as a pencil manufacturer, while Cynthia boarded individuals. His two older
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Chris McCandless consumes an abundant amount of wild animals, fruits, vegetables, and other plants. Slowly he becomes fragile and is unable to collect his own food. He eventually starves to death in an abandoned bus due to unknown causes. Before his death, he managed to scribble two notes: “ I have had a happy life and thank the lord. Goodbye and May God bless all.” And “Attention possible visitors. S.O.S. I need your help. I am injured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone. This is no joke. In the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collection berried close by and shall return this evening. Thank you, Chris McCandless August ?” Only nineteen days later a group of people stumbled upon to the bus (Timeline). Chris McCandless took the journey of a lifetime. He ventured out of the “normal comfort zones” in order to find his true identity, not blinded by materialistic or societal demands (Once More). However he was not the only one who influenced by the work of Henry David Thoreau and went on to lead a life stripped from the grasps of delusional wants.

From the beginning of his life Richard Proenneke strived to achieve the extremes and to be successful in what he wished to pursue. After surving in World War II and getting seriously ill, he returned to Primrose, Iowa. Back home he picked up odd jobs as machanics, eventually becoming a highly desired worker—this would push him into moving out to Oregon to become a sheep rancher. In 1950, Proenneke travelled to Alaska for the first time. This trip was the turning point in his life. He left the Twin Lakes knowing that he would return
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