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October 18, 2017 at 1:34 pm
Posted in: Into the Woods
Really interesting anecdote here about the Indians who had the strength to suggest better “modes of torture to their tormentors.” This story is reminiscent of Thoreau’s arrest for refusing to pay taxes.
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October 18, 2017 at 1:31 pm
I really enjoyed his reference to the Newfoundland dog, which is one of my favorite Dog breeds. They are known for being very loyal and nurturing dogs, despite their very large size. Thoreau is implying, however, that people have motivations behind good things they do for other people.
October 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm
Don’t we have motivations for doing everything we do, no matter how altruistic we feel our actions are? Agree or disagree?
October 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm
This is an interesting connection, and I agree that Reece and Thoreau present similar viewpoints. In what ways do their views differ? I’m not as familiar with Reece so that’s why I’m asking.
October 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm
Posted in: Willamette University
Again Thoreau criticizes the lack of focus by humanity on what is truly important and necessary in life. “games and amusements of mankind” are seen by Thoreau as completely trivial and unimportant, and it’s easy to understand why he thinks so. Thus his continuation of advocacy for a simple lifestyle illustrates how men can be wise and avoid doing “desperate things”
October 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Thoreau is very interestingly concerned with the motivations and actions of the men of his day. He feels they don’t work and have the proper motivations comparatively with what he feels is ideal. The labors of Hercules reference speaks to this idea very well.
October 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm
The description he gives of his lifestyle here is somewhat misleading, because in reality he lived near a town that he visited often, and received gifts from friends with relative frequency.
October 16, 2017 at 6:53 pm
Posted in: General Discussion
I agree. Thoreau is a well-know figure, so people will have various opinions and perceptions of him, regardless of what his true character is.
October 15, 2017 at 7:19 pm
Yes, he finally is able to one with nature and takes in all that is around him.
October 15, 2017 at 7:17 pm
I agree with that completely, I think that people should definitely take time and look whats around them instead of focusing on what they need all the time.
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