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Henry David Thoreaus Quest for Reformation While strolling through the forests near Walden Pond Henry David Thoreau stumbled across a man and his family The father John Field had moved to America from Ireland with his wife and his son in order to improve their condition one day Walden 139 Henry listened intently to what John had to say about his life in America and his plans for the future and then he offered up his personal experiences concerning society and life in general To a reader who hasnt been exposed to the works of Emerson or Throreau the entire situation might seem perfectly normal almost mundane however Thoreau is a transcendentalist who had been living in nature for the past 2 years in an attempt to become divine and righteous John has never heard of such a lifestyle and is drawn closer and becomes deeply interested in the argument that Thoreau makes for living simply Thoreau explains that he lives in a tight light and clean house which hardly cost him more than the annual rent of such a ruin as Johns commonly amounts to Walden 140 Thoreau almost makes the identical argument although Thoreau is not really arguing he is documenting the costs of his house and explains that having a shelter that is practical yet functional is an essential step to simplifying ones life which in turn is an essential step in the process of becoming deified and enlightened In more detail Thoreau mentions that the necessaries of life for man in this climate may accurately enough be distributed under the several heads of FOOD SHELTER CLOTHING and FUEL Walden 13 Food one of the several heads mentioned in the statement above is also a necessity of life which keeps up the internal combustion in the lungs fuel Walden 13 Thoreau recognized the pattern in which society had contorted the meaning of life into a competition for material
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