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  • Comment on Higher Laws by Brian Lange
    Posted in: General Discussion [No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature, which holds its life by the same tenure that he does. ] Considering Thoreau's statements in the first paragraph of this section, how can he revere attitudes and actions which he also labels as inhumane?
  • Comment on Visitors 1-11 by Nicole Callahan
    Posted in: General Discussion [He interested me because he was so quiet and solitary and so happy withal; a well of good humor and contentment which overflowed at his eyes. ] This passage thoroughly debases any belief of misanthropy on Thoreau's part. Any time Thoreau is given the chance to relay information about friends, it's […]
  • Comment on Economy 71-81 by Julia McGaugh
    Posted in: General Discussion [my shortcomings and inconsistencies do not affect the truth of my statement.] I find this line so important in our study of Thoreau. No person is without fault, and we often take any flaw or inconsistency in his argument first, as a flaw in his character, and second, to discount his […]
  • Comment on Where I Lived, And What I Lived For 13-23 by Julia McGaugh
    Posted in: General Discussion [To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake. How could I have looked him in the face?] Thoreau comments on those who live life resembling sleepwalkers, lacking true purpose and meaning in their existence. Is Thoreau himself awake? This criticism of […]
  • Comment on Reading by Lara Mangino
    Posted in: General Discussion This paragraph certainly comes off as elitist. Assuming that the books he's chosen to read are the most important does not portray him in the kindest light. However, I wouldn't, unlike Schulz, use this paragraph necessarily as evidence to condemn him as a misanthrope. Looking at the importance he places in […]

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