Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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WaldenBy: Henry David Thoreau

Book Lexile : 1420 Genre: Moral Philosophy

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."- Henry David Thoreau

SettingThe setting takes place through 1845 through 1847 in a small cabin Henry David Thoreau built near Walden Pond. The book only describes the course of one year rather than two.

Conflict and ResolutionThe conflict in this story was very obscure. It was not straight forward and it was very hard to find. To me the main piece of conflict Henry David Thoreau faced was the fact that he resisted American civilization. He even got arrested for refusing to pay poll tax. Part of the resulotion was that he isloated himself to get a better understanding of how people act, simplicity, and self reliance. At the end of his two years he left Walden Pond with an understanding that average people will not understand his words. He realizes though, that people can make a difference and that "there is more day to dawn".

ThemeThe theme of Walden is the value of simplicity. The plot of the book is what Henry David Thoreau reflects about life while trying to live in simple ways in the woods. He tries to teach the value of simple things like reading classics or the value of companions. As it is stated we probably need the value of simplicity now more than ever because we live in a world obsessed with technology and luxury.

CharactersThe story has only one main character. The author Henry David Thoreau tells the story of his simple living through a first person view. Henry is very intelectual seems very open to solitude and simple living. He seems that he would like for an audience to hear his words, to make sure he passes on his wisdom and advice.

"Things do not change; we change."-Henry David Thoreau

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