Summary and countercriticism of Solitude from Walden

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Manuel Vazquez In “Solitude,” Thoreau begins the chapter by describing the wonders of the nature around him as he returns to his house, and stumbles upon the things left by visitors whom came by his residence and left behind notes and trails to show that they passed by while he was gone. He then proceeds to describe how “There is commonly sufficient space about us” for his privacy in Walden; his nearest neighbors lie at least a mile away, and his house’s only company is the woods and Nature around him. As he goes on to s ay, “There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature.” Describing the joy and value of “the friendship of the seasons” and of the rain, he begins to describe how his isolation, although it is “something unpleasant,” once he focuses on the nature around him he needs no other companion. Great emphasis is placed on the warm presence of the rain as he begins a discourse on the nature of his isolation, wherein a man
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