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In Walden Thoreau uses techniques to convey thoughtful reflection and unwavering confidence towards his actions and convictions By contemplating his past ventures and personal beliefs he urges the reader to take specific paths in life with a strong and forceful credibility Thoreaus use of syntax expresses his philosophical yet audacious approach towards his quest to live simply and without superfluous needs The semicolons and commas in the first sentence of paragraph four string together his descriptive memories of the Hollowell farm in a long and drawn out manner The recollections tumble from his mind directly into his pen causing the sentence to reflect his stream of rushing thoughts at a quick but steady pace He fondly recalls the exact state and condition of every aspect of the farm using commas to gracefully fit them into the sentence In sentence four of paragraph ten Thoreau deviates from his lengthy pensive sentences to a short repetitive exclamation stating Simplicity simplicity simplicity Instead of using eloquent and extensively written phrases to urge his readers to live a life of abnegation he resorts here to a curtailed but powerful statement that summarizes his dominant exhortation with a passionate fervor Such repetition reinforces his earlier passages in which he urges the reader to live without excess revealing his confidence and therefore allowing his persuasion more authority Thoreaus use of diction allows the reader to understand his cogitative aversion and distaste towards the material world that is full of exorbitant and unnecessary goods Life within such a society is petty and fluctuating and human improvements are external and superficial He is critical of America for its states are constantly bickering over boundaries and other trivial and foolish concerns Men concern themselves with constant building and constructing work he believes to be unnecessary for a country already overgrown and established Humans are so enamored with the chopping sea of civilized life that their virtues are reduced to superfluous and evitable wretchedness Thoreau
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