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A Reflection on the Novel “Walden”.

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A Reflection on the Novel "Walden". The novel "Walden", by transcendentalist author Henry David Thoreau, is a day to day account of his experiences of living in the woods by Walden Pond. Walden focuses on the concept of self-knowledge. Thoreau finds this knowledge by living alone in the woods. He does not advocate this lifestyle for everyone, but he does encourage all people to find some way to learn more about themselves and the world around them. ...read more.


Thoreau's descriptions of the natural world in which he is living is rich with images, metaphors, symbols, and comparisons. He seeks to capture the spirit of Nature in its completeness. Since the chapters are somewhat chronological, he structures the book around the cyclical pattern of the seasons. Arriving in the fullness of summer, he watches autumn color the trees, winter blanket the landscape in white, and spring burst forth in vibrant hues of green. ...read more.


That is what I think freedom really is. He concludes the paragraph: "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." This summarized, is the main theme of the book; if you advance in the direction of how you imagine your life, not how convention dictates that it should be, then you will find success on a scale undreamed through reasonable expectations. Jordan Palmer, October 08, 2001 ...read more.

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