Thoreau Essays

  • Henry Thoreau

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    Born in 1817, in Concord, Henry David Thoreau became one of the greatest writers among the American Renaissance. Thoreau based his whole philosophy on the fact that man needed to get rid of material things in order to be an individual. An exquisitely educated man, Thoreau went to Harvard, which placed heavy emphasis on the classics. Thoreau studied a curriculum that included grammar and composition, mathematics, English, history, and various philosophies. He also spoke fluently in Italian, French

  • Emerson And Thoreau

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    were taken from Thoreau’s quote, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.'; Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau changed our lives. How? Well, the answer is not so simple as the statement. To understand fully how they affected our lives, we have to understand the philosophy of Emerson and Thoreau, and the relationship between the two. So let’s begin with the relationship between Emerson and Thoreau. Emerson was born

  • Thoreau

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    Henry David Thoreau was man of simplicity, and if he were to experience life in Cary, he would not only be surprised, but disappointed in humanity itself. Thoreau believed in the necessities of life, nothing more, and the people of Cary live lives exactly the opposite. Cary residents live lives of material possessions, business, and over-complexity. These traits of society are precisely opposite of Thoreau’s ideals and beliefs. Not only would Thoreau be disappointed, but his eyes would be filled

  • Locke, Hobbes, Mill, Thoreau

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    John Locke John Locke explains the state of nature as a state of equality in which no one has power over another, and all are free to do as they please. He notes, however, that this liberty does not equal license to abuse others, and that natural law exists even in the state of nature. Each individual in the state of nature has the power to execute natural laws, which are universal. I believe that Locke is correct in his analysis of the state of nature however; Locke‘s theory includes many

  • Thoreau and King, Jr.

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    Thoreau and King, Jr. There are times throughout the history of the United States when its citizens have felt the need to revolt against the government. There were such cases during the time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau, when there was unfair discrimination against the Afro-American community and Americans refusing to pay poll taxes to support the Mexican War. They used civil disobedience to eventually get legislation to stop the injustice brought against them and their

  • The Political Principles of Thoreau

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    The Political Principles of Thoreau Henry David Thoreau was, in many ways, ahead of his time in his political beliefs. During his brief life, he lectured occasionally and struggled to get his writings published. Gaining very little recognition during his lifetime, his death in 1862 went virtually unnoticed, and his true genius as a social philosopher and writer was not fully recognized until the twentieth century. Ironically, "Civil Disobedience," the anti-war, anti-slavery essay for which he

  • Dillard and Thoreau Comparison

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    Dillard and Thoreau Comparison From the lone hiker on the Appalachian Trail to the environmental lobby groups in Washington D.C., nature evokes strong feelings in each and every one of us. We often struggle with and are ultimately shaped by our relationship with nature. The relationship we forge with nature reflects our fundamental beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. The works of timeless authors, including Henry David Thoreau and Annie Dillard, are centered around their relationship

  • Henry Thoreau and Science

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    Henry Thoreau and Science Though best known as a literary figure, Henry Thoreau showed a lasting interest in science. He read widely in the scientific literature of his day and published one the first scholarly discussions on forest succession. In fact, some historians rate Thoreau as one of the founders of the modern science of ecology. At the same time, Thoreau often lamented science’s tendency to kill poetry. Scientific writings coupled with his own careful observations often revealed life

  • Thoreau as Natural Scientist

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    Thoreau as Natural Scientist Henry Thoreau’s relationship to nature underwent many changes throughout the course of his life. He especially made a much discussed shift from Emersonian Transcendentalism, to scientific data collection. Thoreau followed varied paths on his quest to understand the world in which he lived. As he grew older he managed to amass a huge collection of information about the plants and animals in the Concord region of Massachusetts. But his greatest contribution to the

  • Emerson and Thoreau

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    Emerson and Henry David Thoreau whole-heartedly embraced these principles. In their essays “Self-Reliance” and “Civil Disobedience”, Emerson and Thoreau, respectively, argue for individuality and personal expression in different manners. In “Self-Reliance”, Emerson calls for individuals to speak their minds and resist societal conformity, while in “Civil Disobedience” Thoreau urged Americans to publicly state their opinions in order to improve their own government. Both Thoreau and Emerson argue that

  • Summary of Thoreau

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    Synopsis Economy: This is the first chapter and also the longest by far. Thoreau begins by outlining his project: a two-year and two-month stay at a crude cabin in the woods near Walden Pond. He does this, he says, in order to illustrate the spiritual benefits of a simplified lifestyle. He easily supplies the four necessities of life (food, shelter, clothing, and fuel). He meticulously records his expenditures and earnings, demonstrating his understanding of "economy," as he builds his house and

  • Thoreau Essay

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    behave towards the government? Thoreau says to get rid of it all together. He says: "I cannot for an instant recognize that political organization as my government which is the slave's government also." - Thoreau states that we all have both a right and a duty to rebel - Thoreau criticizes the idea that government should be obeyed just to preserve the services we enjoy - people must do what justice requires regardless of the cost- even if it is your own life - Thoreau says: "If I have unjustly wrested

  • Thoreau Response

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    most powerful forces on earth. It can be serene and stunning in one instant but become mankind’s worst enemy in the next. Henry David Thoreau’s excerpt from Walden Pond beautifully describes nature and how amazing it can be to live simply in. What Thoreau did not account for was the vastly growing population of America and just how rich the resources are. He was not able to take a look into the future and see how strong America would become. Humans need to have interaction with one another. It is the

  • Comparing the Lives of Thoreau and Hawthorne

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    Thoreau vs. Hawthorne Personal Lives Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 12, 1817 and died there peacefully on May 6, 1862. He was described by Hawthorne as "ugly as sin." He loved nature, and his constant preoccupation was exploring the woods and ponds making detailed observations of plants and creatures. Henry led a singular life, never marrying, and marching to his own drummer, as he put it. From 1845 to 1847, he lived alone in a small cabin he built by Walden

  • Henry David Thoreau: A Timeline

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    Henry David Thoreau was bon on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, on his grandmother’s farm. Thoreau was of French-Huguenot and Scottish-Quaker decent. Thoreau was interested in writing at an early age. At the age of ten he wrote his first essay “The seasons”. He attended Concord Academy until 1833 when he was accepted to Harvard University but with his pending financial situation he was forced to attend Cambridge in August of 1833. In September of 1833 with the help of his family he was able

  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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    Walden by Henry David Thoreau Walden, by Henry David Thoreau is written in first person about the events and ideas that came to the author during his time living at Walden Pond in the eighteen hundreds.  Henry David Thoreau was a poet and a philosopher who lived a life of simplicity in order to make a direct connection between people, God, and nature.  He viewed knowledge as an "intuitive force rather than a set of learned, logical proofs."  His writing in Walden focused on many different

  • Thoreau is gay

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    Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “Civil Disobedience” claims that our top priority is to do the things that we think is right, and our second priority is to do what the government thinks is right. However, I believe this order that Thoreau suggest we follow is very disagreeable, and our political obligations should be prioritized in comparison to the other things we do. Our modern day political obligations are part of countless examples in which our priority should be to what our government

  • Henry David Thoreau Was a Fool

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    unreal, propaganda by the Radical Republicans in the reconstruction era. Many people have ideas that do not hold up when put to the test, or even their own reasoning. Henry David Thoreau’s ideas and ideals do not hold up when compared to reality. Thoreau believed that if a man did less work, the better it would be for the man and his community. He set out to accomplish this task, and accomplished not working, but failed to prove his point. He died at age forty-five, younger then most people in his

  • Thoreau as a Practical Environmentalist

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    Living in the woods, as Thoreau did at Walden Pond is not a practical means of living, even he conceded that. That does not mean, however, that Thoreau’s experiences and insight in Walden went to waste. There is a lot that can be taken out of Walden for the contemporary reader. What exactly, however, has been long discussed and debated. One main point of contention has been how best to interpret or place the work. Experts argue whether Walden is to be read philosophically, politically, culturally

  • Frederick Douglass and Henry David Thoreau

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    Frederick Douglass was an American slave.  Henry David Thoreau was a writer from the 17th  century.  The narrative read about Frederick Douglass was about his life as a slave, and how it changed as time went on, including his eventual release from enslavement.  The article about Henry Thoreau was in regards to the theory of Civil Disobedience, and his role in the creation of that theory. Frederick Douglass lived from 1817 until 1895.  He was a slave in Maryland, and was under the custody