Thoreau And Lincoln Essay

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Thoreau and Lincoln Walden is a difficult book to read. It was written by a gifted writer who uses precise language, metaphors, long, complex paragraphs and sentences, and vivid, detailed descriptions. Thoreau does not hesitate to use metaphors, and he can shift from a scientific to a transcendental point of view in mid-sentence. Also, its logic is based on a different understanding of life, quite different from what most people would call common sense. This logic is based on what most people say they believe. Thoreau fills Walden with sarcasm and double meanings. He likes to tease, challenge, and even fool his readers. Unlike Thoreau, Lincoln’s style of the Gettysburg Address was simple and to the point. The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted speeches in United States history. The carefully chosen language of the address has had a profound effect on the history of the United States. In the Gettysburg address, Abraham Lincoln uses different strategies to effectively make his point. Lincoln had removed much of the emphasis from the nation's historical ties to slavery, shifting the emphasis to the founding concept that "all men are created equal". Lincoln also chose to use the term "nation" to describe the United States. President Lincoln talked about how our fore-fathers brought forth this new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. I believe that he was trying to say that no man is better than another because of his wealth, wisdom, family, heritage, or of the color of his skin. The Gettysburg Address was short enough for generations of people to remember, yet at the same time, long enough to have a great impact on the ways we think. Works Cited Thoreau, Henry David. “Walden.” Anthology of

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