Thoreau lives in a world where a person focused on what he has, instead of, who he is. Thoreau believes people were so blinded by their possessions and accolades when he writes, “Most men… are so occupied the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them” (4). Thoreau disapproves with peoples’ notion of complacency through menial labor; instead, Thoreau believes people should find comfort through nature. One prominent example is when Thoreau meets John Field and his family, he quickly realizes that John is concentrated on obtaining the elusive American dream and being a poor Irish immigrant that he is unable to achieve enlightenment like Thoreau. Thoreau writes that “With his horizon all his own, yet he a poor man, born to be poor, with his inherited Irish poverty or poor life” (Walden 196). To Thoreau, John Field represents the bottom of society as being an Irish immigrant that gets discriminated by having such a meager job as “bogging” for a neighbor. Also, Thoreau is convinced that the poor Irish farmer and his family are nothing but chained to the oppression of society and there is no escaping for them. In addi...
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