Analyzing The Essay 'Walking' By Henry David Thoreau

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Throughout the essay of “Walking,” Thoreau makes fairly bolt statement about nature in its truest, most intense form. One could even say that the essay that the use of nature was an extensive reiteration of one of the many themes Thoreau uses to remind the reader about the existence of this ‘wild’ thing called nature. Even by the first sentence of the essay, he says that nature is “Absolute freedom and wildness,” (Section 1 on Bartleby’s online version of “Walking.”) which is basically the subject he touches on in not just “Walking,” but in other works such as Walden. Throughout this essay, Thoreau intensifies liberated wildness in both nature and man itself, while rejecting the forces - someone’s past, materialistic views and values held in the present, and the hold of society - claiming that those values limit the expressionism of thought and ideas as well as the full experience of being in nature. The recurrently impassionate, heightened and uninhibited rhetoric used throughout the piece definitely reinforced the message that Thoreau has about the wildness. In the essay, Thoreau used “The West,” which can be seen in Section 37 and more, as a way of meaning to describe the wildness. In developing of this metaphor of “The West” for The Wild, he claims that the West is the way in which he prefers to walk – at the time, the West was uninhabited…show more content…
According to Thoreau, walking requires a willingness “to embrace a wildness whose glance no civilization endure, as if we lived in the marrow of koodoos devoured raw.”(Section 38) I’m not entirely sure what a koodoo is, but the best we can do is to remain aware and alert of the existence of immeasurable

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