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Thoreau Views on Nature Society and Man Henry David Thoreaus life began on July 12 1817 in Concord Massachusetts At a young age he began to show an interest in writing In 1833 at the age of sixteen Thoreau was accepted to Harvard University Although his parents could not afford the cost of tuition his family offered to help with the funds and in August he entered Harvard In 1837 he graduated and applied for a teaching position at a public school in Concord However he refused to flog children as punishment He choose instead to deliver moral lectures The community looked down upon this and a committee was asked to review the situation They decided that the lectures were not ample punishment so they ordered Thoreau to flog disobedient students With disapproval he lined up six children after school that day flogged them and handed in his resignation He felt that physical punishment should have no part in education In 1837 Henry David Thoreau began to write his journal It started out as a literary notebook but later developed into a work of art In it Thoreau recorded his thoughts and discoveries about life From 1841 to 1843 and again between 1847 and 1848 Thoreau lived as a member of the Emersons household In early 1845 Thoreau decided to make a journey to nearby Walden Pond where Emerson had recently purchased a plot of land He built a small cabin overlooking the pond and from July 4 1845 to September 6 1847 Thoreau lived at Walden Pond World Book 266 In that time period Thoreau attempts to understand somethings about mans struggle with nature society and oneself in his writings of Walden and Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau focused his writings on how man was affected by nature He wrote from an autobiographical point of view revealing his own internal conflict with mans struggle against nature In his novel Walden he reveals his
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