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Henry David Thoreau at Walden Henry David Thoreau was a man of simplicity He was an naturalists and chose to live two years of his life in Walden Here he lived a life of simplicity and was able to be one with nature For two years he observed nature from the inside out and during this time he wrote many essays He was a firm believer that society required too much time out of a human life and that people spent too much of their time trying to accumulate material possessions I believe he wrote Walden to prove just how basic a human life can be In the books written by Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglas they based their ideas on the concepts of Nature They felt you can learn a lot form nature and experience In the book written by Thoreau he also includes the concepts of nature within his ideas He takes it to the full extent of living as one with nature He does have a slightly different view on learning from Nature We might as well omit the study Nature because she is old Thoreau p66 He does feel that by living in nature a person can learn a lot about himself or herself but only if they live a life of simplicity Thoreau was a disciple of Emerson and did believe in some of the same ideas as Emerson Thoreau and Emerson both thought highly of reading Books are treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations Books the oldest and the best stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage Thoreau p67 Emerson and Thoreau also share some of the same views on the poet The works of the great poets have never yet been read by mankind for only great poets can read them Thoreau p68 The also believe that young children can learn form nature The should
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