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Although on the surface Walden seems to be a description of the external natural world it is more importantly a search for spiritual perfection From beginning to end Thoreau uses aspects of the natural as metaphors for the struggles of the self As a Transcendentalist Thoreau believed that man is not limited to learning about God Rather he believed that mans mind can create independent of the senses a consciousness of God For Thoreau Walden is a possibility to realize ones divinity or ideal existence Knowing this the reader is both able to enjoy the narrators experiences knowing the natural world and able to enjoy the narrators experiences knowing himself Thoreau uses rebirth metaphors to symbolize the beginning of a spiritual journey At Walden Pond the narrator begins the construction of his cabin and home for the 26 months The aim for the cabin is not aesthetic beauty or comfort Instead the narrator wants simplicity As he builds this new cabin Thoreau is metaphorically building a new self The narrator explores the importance of the inner self and looking to nature notices three animals in particular the snake the caterpillarbutterfly and the loon Each discards its old self for an improved internally produced self When the snakes skin becomes old and worn it is shed and replaced with a brand new skin that the snake has created Similarly the loon grows new feathers to replace old ones The caterpillar also improves itself by creating a cocoon and gradually changing itself into a more beautiful butterfly Thoreau uses the rebirth metaphors to show that a better animal or self is achieved through internal growth the casting off of imperfections and replacing them something more perfect The narrators bathing is also a rebirth metaphor washing away the dirt and dead skin he reveals a clean new self As the season changes from winter to spring like the dry sticks which had seemed to be dead
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