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Amanda Lombardo “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” Questions 1. Through the first paragraph, Thoreau declares that his higher purpose is to live his life in its simplicity and to its full potential. He want to be able to absorb all that life has to offer and to be able to observe the minutest of details that others may not be able to see. In this, he is advocating to the reader that they should be more appreciative of their life and not take it for granted. 2. In paragraph 1, Thoreau makes a distinction between the government and the people. He starts out by defining what a government is He also distinguishes between what his hopes for what his life will be like are and what he hopes his life is not going to be like. 3. In the first paragraph, Thoreau states his antithesis to be, “For most men, it appears to me, are in strange uncertainty about it,whether it is of the devil or God...that it is the chief end of man here to, 'glorify God and enjoy him forever.” In this statement, Thoreau contradicts his previous statements because he transitions from talking about finding the ...

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