Spirit Guide Author Essay

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Ap English Spirit Guide Out of all the dead literature authors I decided to pick the one with the neck beard; yeah that’s right, Henry David Thoreau. I chose him for my eternal spirit guide because of his specific way of writing. Thoreau is considered a transcendentalist; he used religion in his writing, knew about people, loved nature and was Introspective. Thoreau encouraged readers to enlighten themselves and change for the better. He did this by using conceits, motley of tones, and the use of anaphora, axioms, and allegory to make his writing his own. Thoreau used metaphors throughout almost all his writings. He often used metaphors to help the reader relate to nature and life. Throughout Walden, for example, Thoreau uses the example of being lost in nature and then finding your own way as a metaphor for being lost in your life and finding a way to fix it. The application of metaphors allows Thoreau to connect his ideas to the reader; an example of this is when Thoreau is talking about the complications of life. In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quick sands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds. (Thoreau,Walden) Instead of Thoreau plainly describing that the countless burdens of “modern" life are hazardous and are making people rely on modern junk, he uses a metaphor filled with imagery to do the job. Thoreau’s main source for metaphor is the natural world around him. When he describes nature, he likes to anthropomorphize the life around him. He gives the birds, the plants, the animals, and of course the pond in Walden personalities. For example in the chapter titled “Battle of the Ants” in Walden, Thoreau uses

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