Posted in: Choate RH 2020 Yes, and while he's moving on, there's something circular about the journey. Migration is about repeating patterns, ingrained over time. So is the seasons (even if climate change is disrupting those cycles) -- and Walden takes the seasons cycle as one of its literary organizing principles.
Posted in: Choate RH 2020 [It is a ridiculous demand which England and America make, that you shall speak so that they can understand you.] I think people are often afraid of silence and any semblance of discomfort, especially in social contexts. A lot of the time we censor and edit what we say – […]
Posted in: Choate RH 2020 This paragraph is making a very interesting claim. I think he is basically saying that we ("current" people) aren't as intellectually sophisticated as people of the past, but that's okay. He says "a living dog is better than a dead lion". The mere fact that we're alive puts us above […]
Posted in: Choate RH 2020 I enjoyed how Thoreau discusses here how migration is a natural process, used by the goose and bison as well as the human city-slicker, while also signaling (Conclusion as this is) that he himself is ready to leave. Thank Heaven, here is not all the world. Two years is enough […]