Thoreau Essay

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Thoreau in a Nut Shell Henry Thoreau was born in Concord Massachusetts on July 12, 1817 (Schneider). His younger years were much influenced by a family friend named Horance Hosmer (Schneider 2). Thoreau grew up loving nature and had many philosophical ideas about how the world around him could and should be improved (Schneider 2). As a child, Thoreau’s mother would sometimes find him lying awake in bed at night. When asked why he was up so late Thoreau would tell her that he was pondering ideas of god and the heavens (Schneider 2). With such an interesting childhood, Thoreau would without doubt grow up to be one of the nineteenth century’s most influential writers (Schneider). Thoreau’s adult life was filled with his ideas of Transcendentalism and Idealism (Schneider 5). He was very surprised about the industrialization that was taking place in his home town and tried to find a way to escape all of it (World Book 8038). To achieve this, Thoreau took a journey into the woods near Walden Pond where he lived a somewhat secluded life for about two years (World Book 8038). He then recorded these two years into a detailed book that emphasized the importance of being able to escape society and be at peace with nature (Schneider 13). This book was then published under the name, Walden (Thoreau). “I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers of very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life, which some would call impertinent, though they do not appear to me at all impertinent, but, considering the circumstances, very natural and pertinent. Some asked what I got to eat; if I did not feel lonesome; if I was not afraid; and the like. Others have been curious to learn what portion of my income I devoted to charitable purposes; and some, who have large families, how many poor children I

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