― Ralph Waldo Emerson
A picture is worth a thousand words. A book like Walden is worth a thousand pictures. Henry David Thoreau describes every last detail of his experiences and surroundings so well, from the circumstances he’s in to the town he lives in. I believe that Thoreau is trying to give us an extremely clear mental image to become as attached to the story as possible. This works so impeccably that I wasn’t able to put my iPad down once I started reading it.
In the beginning section of “Chapter 1: Introduction,” Thoreau writes about himself and his experiences at Walden Pond, where he lived in a small shack. He tells the reader that his experiences and thoughts were gathered over the two years and two months he spent at Walden Pond. He writes about his connection with all of nature, and his dislike of the rich.
Walden has become my newest interest in terms of literature. It shows me that to be great, you don’t need to be powerful. You just need to be a humble person. To me, this message really is true. If you look back through the ages, some of the greatest people – Ghandi, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela – were some of the poorest. These people still made the world a better place, money or not. In Walden, Thoreau really did make me think, though. It made me think about the fact the Concord has become so much more affluent than it was in Thoreau’s day. It’s become a place where, for the most part, only the wealthy can afford to live.
This first section of Walden was an interesting look into the mind of Thoreau, and if this section is any indication of what follows, I can’t wait to read the rest of this superb book.