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October 03, 2005


Thoreau, Walden (1854; selections) -- American Literature, 1800-1915 (EL 266)

I chose the line, "In truth our villiage has become a butt for one of those fleet railroad shafts, and o'er our peaceful plain its soothing sound is - Concord."

In this line he is showing how when the society industrialized it changed everything. He says even from his house in the woods he is still able to hear the whistle of the train. I feel like he understands that some things have to improve, but he is almost resentful about the fact that everything keeps growing because he wants to keep one small piece of where he lives.

Posted by StacyEstatico at October 3, 2005 06:31 AM


Stacy, why do you feel Thoreau has included that quotation? Does he feel the sound of the train is "soothing"? "Concord" is another word for "harmony". How does this passage fit in with Thoreau's general desire to get away from it all and blend in with nature?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 3, 2005 05:37 PM


Vanessa had a great idea about his seclusion and what it represented. She goes into it pretty deep, so you might wanna check it out to grasp the concepts completely. I'm sure you know her website, but just in case it's blogs.setonhill.edu/VanessaKolberg.

I think you are getting some of Thoreau's concepts, but you might be missing out on his major ideas about being out in a life of wilderness, and how that seclusion helps him realizes the advantages and disadvantages of so many occurrences in society.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at October 3, 2005 10:12 PM

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