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How does one attempt self-discovery Often in many novels we read of self-discovery through a traumatic event or in this case a loss of sorts In a quest to discover their unique self we follow young Amory Blaine from F Scott Fitzgeralds This Side of Paradise from his childhood years right through his times at Princeton He is a wealthy young man who is brought up in a high-class society On a similar quest as Amory we follow Henry David Thoreau in Walden he does not live a life of a high-class society rather a much more simple existence He leaves all that he owns behind to start anew on Walden lacking the convention of society love and an abundance of money However unlike Thoreaus plan for a simple life Amory begins his quest for himself with convention love and money because he believes it is these things that will truly find him happiness Walden is a narrative of Thoreaus time being alone on Walden Pond with no more than the necessities of life food clothing and shelter He leaves all that he owns behind because he knows that without these things the focus on the self is much more clear and defined He says regarding simplicity the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor they are poorer in outward riches yet all so rich inward Thoreau 12 Even toward the beginning of his narrative he knows that this is true As Thoreau continues to live on Walden he further reassures himself that the human race focuses too much on materialistic things something that he wants to change by sharing his experience in this novel If only Amory Blaine could read Walden he would not have to go through such heartache and confusion He was born into a wealthy family his sophisticated education separates him from his peers she his mother fed him sections of the Fetes Galantes before
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