Walden Two | Study Guide

B. F. Skinner

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Walden Two | Chapter 35 | Summary



The group eats their last meal together before leaving Walden Two. In his thoughts Burris is critical of Castle and impressed with Frazier and the community. While wandering alone on a city street and thinking, Burris sees a headline in a newspaper about a lecture given by the president of the university where Burris teaches. This makes Burris question the purpose and usefulness of education as it is, and he resolves to return to Walden Two.


Structurally, this chapter is abrupt. The group leaves Walden Two with no fanfare. Even when the group reaches town, Burris comments on how quickly the rest of the group says goodbye to Steve and Mary, who are headed back to Walden Two. Burris thinks Frazier's embrace of the Thoreauvian ideal of creating a world of one's own without trying to force everyone else to change is a beautiful concept.

Burris's transformation is now complete. He has broken from Castle, who represents the world that Burris has decided to leave behind. Like Thoreau, who experienced walking as a means to reflect and enter a higher consciousness, Burris decides to walk in town and to the community as he firms his resolve to return to Walden Two.

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