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THE ART OF THE ESSAYIST Chapter 4 Sounds Personification Commerce is unexpectedly confident and serene alert adventurous and unwearied 84 Through the personification of commerce Thoreau is able to show that commerce fluctuates in the same manner as humanity The adjectives he uses to describe commerce show that commerce has some of the same tendencies as humans and Thoreau believes that it is these tendencies that make commerce so successful Chapter 5 Solitude Allusion who keeps himself more secret than ever did Goffe or Whalley 96 Thoreau is making a historical allusion to William Goffe and Edward Whalley who were English regicides during the English civil war They were signers of the death warrant for Charles I then after his Restoration in 1660 they fled to America for a life of seclusion in Hadley Massachusetts The use of this allusion contributes to Thoreaus style because it expresses the remarkable secrecy and remoteness of the old settlers life This also shows the contrasts in this man because Thoreau says he is most wise and humorous 96 but also discusses his almost anti-social tendencies Chapter 7 Visitors Hyperbole speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing 98 In this hyperbole Thoreau is exaggerating his proposition that silence and space are effective tools for communication Thoreau believes that big thoughts in big words 98 have to run a course or two98 before comprehension is truly possible For Thoreau the best conversations travel through space and silence The exaggeration that speech is a convenience for the hard of hearing is a hyperbole because that would be an impossible situation He uses this hyperbole to show that humanity places too much emphasis on speech For Thoreau speech is more important to those who are hard of hearing than silence will ever be to the average person Chapter 9 The Village Metonymy perhaps my body would find its way home if its master
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