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Walden Henry David Thoreau . Bell Ringer Quiz November 10, 2011. 1) Why did Thoreau say he wanted to live life “deliberately”?. A. To keep up with the “Joneses” B. To have no part of industrialization C. To make a living in order to survive D. To live a life of true meaning.

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Walden henry david thoreau

WaldenHenry David Thoreau

Bell Ringer Quiz

November 10, 2011

1 why did thoreau say he wanted to live life deliberately

1) Why did Thoreau say he wanted to live life “deliberately”?

A. To keep up with the “Joneses”

B. To have no part of industrialization

C. To make a living in order to survive

D. To live a life of true meaning

2 how did thoreau describe time

2) How did Thoreau describe time?

  • A never ending cycle that only makes you older.

  • He explained that there were not enough hours in the day to be as productive as possible.

  • He described time as a stream he went fishing in.

3 which big idea is described within walden

3) Which big idea is described within Walden?

  • Nature and Kinship

  • The Power of Darkness

  • Optimism and Individualism

4 where did thoreau live for two years for creative inspiration and meditation

4) Where did Thoreau live for two years for creative inspiration and meditation?

  • In the wilderness by a pond

  • In the woods close to a cave.

  • Beside his mother and father on a farm in the country.

  • In a suburb with his family.

5 which project have you decided to create for your romanticism project

#5) Which project have you decided to create for your Romanticism Project?

Meet thoreau

Meet Thoreau

  • Although Thoreau is best known for his simple lifestyle at Walden Pond, he was a complex man: opinionated, cranky, nonconformist, compassionate, and subtly humorous.

  • Thoreau graduated from Harvard in 1837 and took a job at his old grammar school. However, he refused to physically discipline his students and quickly resigned.

  • Thoreau later founded a progressive school with his brother, but it closed in 1841 because of his brother’s health.

Meet thoreau1

Meet Thoreau…

  • While at Harvard, Thoreau was influenced by the works of Emerson.

  • The two men became friends, and Thoreau lived with Emerson’s family from 1841-1843 assisting as a handyman.

  • During this time, Thoreau contributed a variety of works to The Dial, a transcendentalist magazine.

  • Thoreau’s life changed the most when he lived in a cabin on land that Emerson owned at Walden Pond near Concord.

  • Thoreau lived there more than two years spending most of his time reading, writing, observing nature, and meditating.

  • His nature writings inspired a long tradition of similar works and still remains an inspiration for environmentalists everywhere.

  • Thoreau was born in 1817and died in 1862.

Walden henry david thoreau

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Life at walden pond

Life at Walden Pond

  • Thoreau lived in a rugged cabin that measured ten feet by fifteen feet at Walden Pond for two years, two months, and two days.

  • The cabin, which he built himself, was simple and sturdy, with plastered walls and a shingled roof.

  • His equipment consisted of an ax, two knives and a fork, three plates, one cup, one spoon, a jug for oil, a jug for molasses, and one lamp.

  • He made his own furniture including a bed, table, desk, and three chairs.

  • At Walden, Thoreau devoted himself to observing the seasons, the animals, the plants, and to writing his journals; however, he was not a hermit. Thoreau was able to visit his relatives and friends nearly every day, since he was only a mile from Concord.

Lets put this into perspective

Lets put this into perspective….

Not to mention he made his own furniture

Not to mention he made his own furniture…

Walden henry david thoreau

What would you bring to Walden Pond?

…. And no technology is allowed!!

Walden summary

Walden Summary

Rejecting a life of needless complexity, Thoreau goes into the woods to live more simply. He belittles those who complicate their lives by hurrying, working too hard, and trying to keep track of the latest news.

He believes these things limit the time people have for what is important. When he leaves the woods, his belief in simplicity is confirmed and his insight into life is deepened.

Thoreau s walden

Thoreau’s Walden

BIG IDEA: Kinship and Nature

  • Why did Thoreau go to Walden?

    • He went to discover “the essential facts of life.”

  • How did he want to live his life?

    • He wanted to live life deeply, without being distracted by trivial things.

  • What did Thoreau find in nature?

    • Thoreau found fulfillment in living a simple life close to nature.

Big idea quote

Big Idea Quote

  • “You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.”

  • How would you compare this suggestion with Thoreau’s comments in the chapter “Where I Live and What I Live For.”

  • This is an extension of his earlier arguments. By slowing down long enough for animals to feel comfortable coming out, one might be able to simplify life and return to a basic, natural level.

Literary element

Literary Element

  • Metaphor

  • “They had their respective musical bands stationed on some eminent chip, and playing their national airs the while, to excite the slow and cheer the dying combatants.”

  • How effective is this extended metaphor comparing the battling ants to human warfare?

  • This comparison adds drama and connects the events of nature more closely with that of people.

I did not wish to live what was not life living is so dear

“I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear.”

  • In what ways might people today “live what [is] not life?

  • People may do what Thoreau wants to avoid, such as following rigid schedules or worrying about things that cannot be changed.

Walden henry david thoreau

  • Compare and contrast Emerson’s Nature to

  • Thoreau’s Walden

How does Thoreau’s Walden

  • compare to Fuller’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century?

  • How are their writing styles the same?

  • How are they different?



  • Deliberately

  • Resignation

  • Sublime

  • Rudiment

  • Myriad

    Vocabulary terms are on page 203 in your literature books.

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