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October 03, 2005

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

In chapter 2 I chose the line, "I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

I thought that this quote really helped to illustrate the fact that he went into the woods to get away from the life in the industrializing society, and become more in tune with nature. He is also saying that the reason that he came to live where he lives is because he does not want to regret living somewhere else and not seeing everything that there is to see.

I found this website about Thoreau and I thought that it my be helpful to understand him better as a writer.

Posted by StacyEstatico at October 3, 2005 06:17 AM


Why do you think Thoreau feels it is only possible to live deliberately in the woods? Can't city dwellers be deliberate, too?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 3, 2005 05:19 PM

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