Thoreau Reaserch Paper

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Nature in this day and age is one of the most disregarded subjects to people. Factories have no problem disposing of waste and smoke into our air and water. Builders also have no problem chopping down trees and tearing up the land as if it were an endless resource that could be restored at anytime. Nature back in the time of the new country was very beautiful. The air was pure and clean so every breath you took was of fresh air and the rivers, lakes, and ponds were so clear and blue you could walk up to them and take a good drink without having to pay for it. Back in that time especially in the New England area people were quite close to nature. The people would bath in the ponds and only use what resources they needed. Another group of people though called the Transcendentalists took their love for nature much further.

Two big names in the group are Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Each man was very close to nature and also wrote about it. In Emerson?s essay about nature he wrote ?To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.? (Emerson- Nature Essay) Thoreau proved this true when he went to live at Walden Pond alone. Here Thoreau possibly did his best writing. Thoreau though he had a knack at writing he also had a gifted talent in relating. Thoreau perhaps may be the only man to go and live in the woods deliberately and ?to front only the essential facts of life? (Thoreau-72) showing that no other man could relate to nature like Thoreau could.

Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 12, 1817. He was born David Henry Thoreau but later switched...