Thoreau Annotation

Thoreau Annotation - Camila Dantas 8.29.11 Englis h 250 Ms....

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Camila Dantas 8.29.11 English 250 Ms. White Thoreau Annotation: Summary: In this excerpt from Walden, Thoreau tells us about his choice of living in the woods away from civilized American life, and criticizes the way civilians abuse their “power” of using new technological inventions. He strongly believes that anything that is not necessary for survival it’s not needed, and should not be purchased by any means. The text starts off with a list of materials Thoreau used to build his house. With only twenty eight dollars he was able to construct his own house which he argues to be more valuable than the most luxurious mansion in Concord, his hometown. Living in this house he was able to support himself with his own labor and with no need of the American consumption habits. Throughout the text he emphasizes the importance of simplicity, and how there is no need for technology or extravagance in order to live a good life. Paying for college, bills, train tickets, newspaper and letters for the post office is a waste of time and money. He talks about the absurd
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