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Despite being constantly criticized for his unique ways Henry David Thoreau influenced the ways that people thought about society and themselves in America While at Walden Pond for 2 years and 2 months he discovered that the key to making his life more fulfilling was to make it simpler He first brought the question How do I really want to live out to the forefront of the Transcendentalist movement in the 19th century Henry David Thoreaus Walden emphasized the truth that simplicity in nature and life not material possessions is the solution to a rewarding life Walden brought in to light the ways that he thought people were living from the outside of society He even used simplicity in the way he viewed people using the metaphor Still we live meanly like ants though the fable tells us that we were long ago changed into menWhere I Lived Because life is frittered away by detailWhere he feels that a person needs Simplicity simplicity simplicityWhere in order to be completely happy His views bring out many conflicting thoughts in a person and even today he is not completely understood He mocks the feeling of men that the Nation have commerce and export ice and talk through a telegraphWhere and proves that such belongings do not bring happiness by being an example He shows that a life can by simple free and happy when his enemies are worms cool days and most of all woodchucksThe Bean Field Yet he is not completely different from other Transcendentalists for common to Emerson he feels How worn and dustymust be the highways of the world how deep the ruts of tradition and conformityConclusion Despite his many differences with other Transcendentalists Henry David Thoreau agrees through Walden that the key to life is simplicity in nature and simplicity in each day
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