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Henry David Thoreau

In this essay, Thoreau's goal is to make a strong argument for the value of walking. He does so by using assonance and alliteration so that certain words stay more firmly in our minds. He uses...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2021 11:42 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Essentially, Thoreau believes that a government based on majority rule will not be a just one because the majority is simply the strongest group, not necessarily the right group. It is not fair to...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 10:16 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

I like it. The initial thesis draft is solid. It could use some tweaking, but it is starting in a good place. Make sure the final punctuation of the thesis is not a question mark. A thesis...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 3:31 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau's "Conscience," published in 1849, presents Thoreau's view of the concept of human conscience in his typical Transcendental way. The poem is rough; clearly, the great saunterer...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2018 5:38 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was an advocate of all things nature, and this essay of his is no exception. Here, he champions a simple act that seems to have become a lost art in modern society: "I have met...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 10:43 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau believes the majority of men serve the state physically, or “as machines, with their bodies.” These individuals make up the military and police forces, and because they are unable to make...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 3:53 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

The answer to this question can be found in Henry David Thoreau's Walden. More specifically, a reader should check the chapter titled "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For." The specific set of...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017 2:10 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Back in 1967, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys had a hit with "Different Drum." The lyrics tell the story of a couple in the midst of breaking up because each person "travels to the beat of a...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2016 10:46 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Referring to the battle of the red ants with the black ants, Thoreau remarks, I was myself excited somewhat even as if they had been men. The more you think of it, the less the difference. And...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2010 1:19 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

An aphorism, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is "a concise statement of principle," so it is a short line or phrase that illustrates some belief of the speaker. Henry David Thoreau was absolutely...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018 4:24 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

In his essay on civil disobedience, Henry David Thoreau criticizes Webster for being a politician, whose experience is only as part of the government. This makes him both short-sighted and...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 1:21 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) is an American author, naturalist, and philosopher who figures prominently in the movement known as transcendentalism in the United States. "Walking" is “one of his...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 3:08 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

I think that Thoreau saw the issue of taxation as a direct representation of what an individual felt. The tax gatherer was a representative of the government. If one did not agree with the...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 9:42 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

In his 1863 essay, Thoreau begins his remarks with the imperative "Let us consider the way in which we spend our lives" followed by his assertion "It is nothing but work, work, work." He bemoans...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 2:16 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

In Walden, Thoreau states that capitalism destroys the working man. He says: "Actually, the laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2016 9:41 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

One of the critical aspects of Thoreau's essay on "Walking" seeks to place human beings within the construction of the natural world. Thoreau makes the argument that in his act of walking, he...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2015 6:57 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau's view on nonviolent civil disobedience was that it was absolutely necessary as a way to combat unjust laws. Thoreau believed that laws were made by human beings and were...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2010 2:19 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Ironically, it was Thoreau who was attempting to make the abstract idealism of R. W. Emerson more practical. I agree with the editors of above that, like Emerson, Thoreau was certainly an idealist,...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2010 12:25 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's theories and praxis were often aligned, as he actually put his thoughts into practice. For Thoreau, this meant living in accordance with his strong affinity for nature, his belief that...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019 2:32 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

It is Thoreau's belief and faith in the individual that helps animate his own sense of personal understanding and philosophy. Seeking to develop and articulate a philosophical foundation that...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2010 7:36 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Since the other two answers deal primarily with the similarities between Emerson and Thoreau, I will try to focus on what I think is the most important difference between the two. While it is clear...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2018 8:27 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

This one is going to be a bit tough. It's a challenge to fully assess because the article is written at a point in Thoreau's life where he is not as animated by the political struggle as much as...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2011 11:09 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

It is a bit difficult to extrapolate a political setting from a thinker who is so driven by the subjective. Perhaps, this might be where a starting point is evident in the ideal state. Thoreau...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2012 12:04 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

I would agree with Henry David Thoreau that the U.S. should have done the right thing by not pursuing war with Mexico and abolishing slavery, even if this meant the end of the Union. I think these...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019 4:16 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Still another often quoted line is from "Walden": "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." How frequently this is true of people trapped in unfulfilling jobs and...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2008 11:17 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry Thoreau’s best friend when he was young was his brother John. The two taught school together, went on a lengthy boat trip together, and even fell in love with the same woman. (She turned them...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 12:17 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Ethics and morality certainly operated in the law in Thoreau's time much more than they do in the twenty-first century. However, that is not to say that there were not unethical politicians and...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2015 11:59 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Perhaps the most important aspect to Thoreau's rhetoric was his rejection of what he called "long, stingy, slimy sentences," in other words, the verbose writing style of his time. He rather sought...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 3:46 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry Thoreau was arrested and put in the Middlesex County jail. Someone arrived at the sheriff’s door during the night and paid the bill. It had probably been his Aunt Maria Thoreau, who lived...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2016 11:35 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau’s moral view embraces justice as he defines it. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the definitions of justice is: “the maintenance or administration of what is...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2020 2:14 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

There is much to commend the writings of Henry David Thoreau. His ruminations — contemplations might be a more appropriate word — on the relationship of humans to their environment, and on the...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2014 12:55 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was a Transcendentalist. He believed in both the power of nature and the power of the individual. These ideas can be seen in one of his most famous works, Walden. We must learn...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018 9:18 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau would have a similar critique of our culture if he lived today. In fact, he would abhor what he would see as our consumerism. He advocated the simplicity of life and would be both shocked...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 5:36 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau actually began teaching when he and his brother re-opened the Concord Academy. As a teacher Thoreau was interested in helping his students examine the world and their place in it more than...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2011 8:55 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau actually never did marry, so he had no spousal relationship. He had quite a strong connection with his older brother, with whom he started a school. However, this brother later...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2018 9:50 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

This is fairly interesting. I think that there is some level of intrigue in analyzing the relationship between both of them. Emerson always struck me as the one who developed and harnessed the...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2010 11:45 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Following in the footsteps of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau believes strongly in the philosophy of Transcendentalism. Unlike other philosophical theorists, Transcendentalists do not...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020 6:43 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

If one wishes to "live deliberately," this means that one must make one's choices with eyes widen open, understanding the implications and consequences of those choices. It entails maintaining an...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 1:20 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau's advice to Martin Luther King Jr. appears in Thoreau's famous essay "Civil Disobedience." In fact, the ideas in "Civil Disobedience" profoundly influenced King in formulating...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020 3:46 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's essay is, summarised in the broadest possible terms, an argument that life isn't worth living if it's lived simply for money. "Life for life's sake" is the principle that you...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2008 4:10 am UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau is as anti-materialist as they come; it’s the subtext to his portraits of the windswept New England coast and its boggy inlands. On one level, he invented the idea (or might as well have)...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 9:49 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau

In theory, one could argue that Thoreau perhaps "thought" to the beat of Emerson's drum. However, Thoreau had the courage to live out the tenets of Transcendentalism. Admittedly, Emerson most...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 4:22 am UTC

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