Walden

Walden: Essay Q&A

Essay Q&A 1.  Give an overview of this work. This is written in the first person and consists of Thoreau giving a condensed version of the time he spent on Walden Pond. The narrative covers a year and in so doing it outlines the effect of the changing seasons on the natural world. He also …

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Walden: Top Ten Quotes

Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labours of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them. p. 2 This exemplifies how Walden criticises the way work has come to supersede the possibility of enjoying life. It …

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Walden: Theme Analysis

Theme Analysis The Natural World By choosing to live at Walden Pond and doing so in a self-sufficient way as possible, Thoreau immersed himself in what he describes as the ‘tonic of wildness’. His condensed record of his experiences makes up this work and it is necessarily primarily concerned with what he sees in nature. …

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Walden: Metaphor Analysis

Metaphor Analysis Being Lost Thoreau uses the example of being lost in the woods and then learning to find his way as a metaphor for being lost in life. He describes the thickness of the darkness of his surroundings and uses this point to demonstrate that although circumstances may seem impossible to endure, it is …

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Walden: Character Profiles

Character Profiles Because this work centres on Thoreau’s life at Walden Pond over a period of two years, and is concerned for the most part with the natural world around him, there is little time spent on his interaction with other people. It follows, then, that there are few ‘characters’ to analyse and those that …

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Walden: Chapter 17

Chapter 17 & Conclusion Summary – Chapter Seventeen ‘Spring’ and Conclusion He describes a day as ‘an epitome of the year’ where ‘the night is the winter, the morning and evening are spring and fall, and noon is the summer’.   We are also told that one of the attractions of living in the woods …

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Walden: Chapter 16

Chapter 16 Summary – Chapter Sixteen ‘The Pond in the Winter’ He says how nature, unlike humans, does not ask questions. In the winter, his morning work consists of taking his axe and pail to fetch water. He compares the iced over and dormant pond to the marmots that close their eyelids. He had to …

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Walden: Chapter 15

Chapter 15 Summary – Chapter Fifteen ‘Winter Animals’ When the ponds were frozen, it gave him new routes and new views to explore. He could hear the cracking of the ground (which occurred because of the frost) and also describes the sounds of birds and foxes too.   The red squirrel, for instance, used to …

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Walden: Chapter 14

Chapter 14 Summary – Chapter Fourteen ‘Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors’ With reference to the ‘former inhabitants’ of the chapter’s title, he talks about Cato Ingraham, who was a slave of Duncan Ingraham, and relates how some say he was a ‘Guinea Negro’ and lived in the woods by ‘permission’ of Duncan Ingraham. A ‘colored’ …

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