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In "Walden", what did Thoreau believe is important to life?

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Posted December 16, 2007 at 5:59 AM via web

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In "Walden", what did Thoreau believe is important to life?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 16, 2007 at 10:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Thoreau's quote, "Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity", sums it up.  Thoreau believed that to live life to its fullest, people needed to simplify, to get rid of unnecessary material possessions and even unnecessary socializing.  This way, a person would be able to better connect with the universe around him and learn the secrets of existence. 

To achieve this goal, Thoreau left his home in town and moved to a cabin on Walden Pond.  He "went to the woods because [he] wished to live deliberately".  Thoreau believed that all humans were a part of nature, and so they should live in nature, growing their own food and interacting with the water, trees, soil.  By doing so, a person could become a part of the cirlce of life (insert Lion King joke here).  These theories of Thoreau were associated with the Romantic movement of Transcendentalism.

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