SUMMARY AND ANNOTATION OF THOREAU - 1 Harold Lomotey 2.3.14...

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Harold Lomotey 2.3.14 EN 101 Ms. White SUMMARY Walden; or, Life in the woods – Henry David Thoreau Thoreau’s life in the woods gives a vivid description of characteristics that are of no necessity, behaviors and preferences that do not define true importance to the living conditions of humanity. He started his accusation during the building processes of his new home. He noted how expenses should be critically observed, noting all expenditure and purchasing them based on great necessity. He was determined to build up a house with meagre supplies but with great efficiency, aiming at surpassing the houses which were located in town. Thoreau was a man who saw the world from a different perspective. An individual who noted that “minding your own business”, would bring about peace and stillness in the world we live in. He then turned his accusation to colleges and how they succinctly are of no importance to the development of one’s aspirations, goals and career, but rather, a means to obtain money and while allowing students to follow blindly certain unusual theories which are of no benefits to the students’ development. He noted the key issue of professors just professing instructions which are definitely of no benefit to one’s development. For one to truly become an expert in a field, he must survey the field, experience the field and learn from the experts. Through the process of living in the woods Thoreau later criticized the necessity to associate with others living at other places. Doing these there would be no need for inventions which tends to come with illusions and the existence of a negative advance. Also, there wouldn’t be money wastage but rather a steady progress and successful livelihood in our society.

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