“Walden”: Thoreau's Admiration for Nature

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Spring is a season of life and fertility in which many plants and animals are abundant. In his work “Walden”, Henry David Thoreau displays a strong admiration for nature by describing his personal experience with springtime at Walden Pond. In his description, Thoreau observes his surroundings and shares his attitude toward nature and how its important to us. To help better describe his experience, he uses imagery, tone, and point-of-view to give readers an idea of his attitude toward nature. By examining these three literary elements in Thoreau's writing, it is clear that Thoreau does indeed hold a strong admiration for nature.
Thoreau's purpose in using a lot of imagery in his description of spring at the Walden Pond may be to let readers experience what he is seeing so they too could admire nature. Thoreau uses imagery all throughout the story. His use of imagery gives his readers a feeling of as if they are also at Walden Pond. Thoreau carefully describes all the creatures and plants and the way some of them move. For instance, he describes the fish by saying, “...I got a rare mess of golden and silver and bright cupreous fishes, which looked like a string of jewels”. The vivid description of the fish allow readers to easily imagine how the fish look like and enjoy the beauty of them too. Thoreau also carefully describes the setting of the pond. He begins the story by telling readers that he is fishing from the bank of the river, “standing on quaking grass and willow roots, where the muskrats lurk”. His use of imagery in describing the pond makes the
Chu 2 pond feel alive with creatures lurking all around. The imagery that is placed into every line of “Walden” makes the nature that Thoreau is observing seem incredible to read...

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...ith nature. Because the writing is all first-person, central-narrative point-of-view, it gives a feeling of authenticity to Thoreau's writing so readers are able to truly experience Thoreau's fascination with nature.
The three literary devices, imagery, tone, and point-of-view, all work to help Henry David Thoreau develop a clear and vivid picture of his experience at Walden Pond in the spring. By analyzing the three literary devices in “Walden”, readers are able to recognize Thoreau's admiration for nature and his need to convey that admiration. The imagery puts readers into the setting, the tone allows readers to hear Thoreau's input on the setting, and the point-of-view gives the literary work a sense of authenticity and personal connection. If we thoroughly observe these elements in Thoreau's story, we will be able to experience Thoreau's passion for nature.
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