Inferring from the Writing of Henry David Thoreau

The values of simplicity and reflection that are present in Thoreau’s works are now seemingly gone with pervasive materialism, insecurity, and skepticism. Thus, Thoreau’s works are like a charm because it reminds and ground students about the lost value of simplicity, reflection, and self-reliance. It makes a good reminder to students about the essence of life by engaging us to a work of genius that reflects about what really matters in life. By truly understanding Thoreau and his work, we may realize that life is really not that complex and in fact can be better lived if we live in simplicity and reflection. This understanding helps us create our own magic in our own compositions because we are able to move our readers in a manner that Thoreau moved his readers albeit ours maybe to a lesser degree.
To be able to understand Thoreau’s magic in writing, it would be necessary to know him and examine his influences. This would enable us to know and understand where the magic came from, and with this understanding, we may develop our own sense of magic in our writings. Thoreau’s Walden is a product of a social experiment of how life would be in one is to live an ascetic life. This social experiment is consistent with the writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-reliance” who was Thoreau’s teacher.

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