Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

Where I Lived, and What I Lived For - [he could not learn...

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Ivan Ivanov Where I Lived, and What I Lived For In the first paragraph, Thoreau's exigence is to tell the reader of his exigence in life. “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” (1-3). This very first sentence forms the whole structure of the upcoming piece, or in other words, the exigence. He essentially answers the title. “Where I live”?; the woods. “What I Lived For”?; to see if
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Unformatted text preview: [he] could not learn what it had to teach. In a way this comes out as a paradox, because right there, he stated something he learned from life, which is exactly what he claims what he didn't want to do. However, towards the end of the paragraph, he moves on to mention how hastily men strive to learn life. The exigence, in reality, of the first paragraph, is to prove that facts come upon on one's own casual excursion lead much further into the meaning than the hastily one's risen from the fear of the devil....
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course ECON 412 taught by Professor Jiggly during the Spring '11 term at Jefferson College.

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