Henry David Thoreau's Claims

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Henry David Thoreau has strong opinions on the intellectual level of the way we read and write. He claims we read as far as easy reading and nothing further(Line 9), and that as the world advances and becomes money orientated that we will miss out on the important things in life. Well I completely disagree with all of Thoreau’s claims and believe that his claims are not valid given his situation and the different wordings of his statement. As an experienced and wise english professor once said, “Thoreau is a crazy man.”(Weaver). As Weaver explained Thoreau lived in the woods and had no family. He would go into town for a newspaper and that was it. Thoreau had no interaction with other humans. When I look at Thoreau’s claims one of them says,…show more content…
He got his marriage proposal rejected, he had no family and as Weaver says, “He is a crazy man”. Thoreau didn’t know what it was like to raise a family. Parents have a lot of love when their kids are born and they always want the best for them. Why do I bring this up you are probably asking yourself? One of Thoreau’s claims says, “A man, any man, will go considerably out of his way to pick up a silver dollar; but here are golden words, which the wisest men of antiquity have uttered”(Line 7,8). He claims about how man is so focused about money that they miss out on other things. Well maybe we do miss out about some things, but we must compromise for the best. How do parents get the best possible things for their children? Money, money is the key to many things. It can buy their kids an education, food, water, a place to live, and a good healthy environment to grow up in. Parents work for money so they can help their children, and why can Thoreau claim that these words are more important than money? He hasn’t had children or a wife that he sincerely cares about so he can’t conclude that words are more important than money. Thoreau keeps claiming things that he doesn’t have the full view on and is severely misleading
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