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O’Connor 1 Mehgan O’Connor English 2823 Professor Coats 29 March 2010 Thoreau said, “We can never have enough of Nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigour, vast and titanic features…” He continues on in this quote to name countless aspects of natural phenomena. Thoreau writes about nature frequently because he believes that man can discover themselves by exploration and participation in the natural world. This view can be seen throughout his book Walden , which is a compilation of his observations on self-reliance and self-discovery while at Walden Pond. In Thoreau’s chapter “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” he makes a statement that is probably one of his most famous quotes today. He writes, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” This displays perfectly Thoreau’s view on exploration. He explored the woods, although very tame and semi-
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Unformatted text preview: domesticated woods, and his purpose in living with nature was to learn what it had to teach him whether it was the history of the land or his own function as a human. Thoreau wanted to learn what it means to live a full, yet simple life. In order to live this kind of life, he advocated simplicity, solitude, and self-reliance. Exploration has certainly evolved throughout time. Cortez conquered the Aztecs, John Smith settled the New World, Daniel Boon moved westward, Bartram scientifically detailed plants and animals, and suddenly there is a new type of exploration: exploration of the self. Many of Thoreau’s contemporaries also participated in metaphysical exploration, but Thoreau’s O’Connor 2 views on self-discovery are very unique. Thoreau explored his inner being by looking outward to nature, as seen in his book Walden . Just as exploration has progressed in the past, it can be expected that it will continue to change in the future....
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