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what is the main theme(s) of Walden?

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Posted November 26, 2011 at 9:31 AM via web

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what is the main theme(s) of Walden?

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Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM (Answer #1)

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The main themes inherent in this work are related to a quest for a good and useful life. Thoreau believed that a close relationship with nature was necessary to human existence; this was reflected in his frequent insistence that living simply was also of paramount importance. Being removed from the life of the city, from unnecessary social events, allowed him to reflect upon what was truly important and to create a coherent and reasonable philosophy of living. Thoreau believed solitude and simple every day rituals were the essence of a fulfilling life and Walden exemplifies these two ideas as well.

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