Thoreau Rhetorical Analysis

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On the 29th of April, Henry David Thoreau began to ponder life and society when a lone graceful hawk with wings that gleamed like satin ribbon in the sun flew quietly overhead. In this instance it is extremely noticeable that nature is held in the highest regards with Mr. Thoreau. Mr. Thoreau expresses the importance of nature and the impact it has on us through imagery, diction, and comparison. He uses these resources of language in such a way as to memorize the audience’s attention and hypnotizes them with the beauty of nature and the importance it holds on us and our ability to grow as a society. Henry David Thoreau uses strong comparison skills that not only exposes the black and white but also the grey areas. Thoreau uses “ we need the tonic of wildness-to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its…show more content…
He goes so far as to specifically describe each and every part of a plant, animal, and stream. “ Quaking grass and willow roots” Thoreau goes so far as to describe the exact way the grass moves, he does this to bring out the obvious beauty that nature has that people miss because they are too caught up in life. He also does this to show that even the simplicities of nature have unbelieveable beauty hidden within it. “I heard a singular rattling sound, somewhat like that of the sticks which boys play with their fingers, when, looking up, I observed a very slight and graceful hawk, like a nighthawk, alternatively soaring like a ripple and tumbling a rod or two over and over, showing the under of its wings, which gleamed like a satin ribbon in the sun, or like the pearly inside of a shell.” In this sentence Thoreau talks of a hawk in no way that has ever been recited. Thoreau’s outlook on nature is that of a way a mother would view her

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