I have begun to get into the last part of my essay. I am now discussing my personal thoughts on Thoreau and what I have learned. I am happy with my progress and feel that I am in a good place.
I have just started to really get into the meat of my essay. In this meat of my essay I discuss my thoughts and opinions on Thoreau and Walden. I am happy with my progress and have made good strides.
Today I continued to work on my opening paragraph telling a story about my experience at Walden Pond. I should be done with the paragraph by the end of tomorrow night.
Over the past two nights I have started to jump into my first paragraph. In this paragraph I am telling a story about my time at Walden Pond and my experience. I will continue further work on this in the next coming days.
Over the weekend I plotted out how I was going to attack my "Walden" Essay. I listed what I was going to write about in all of my paragraphs, making it clear for myself so that when I am writing, the process goes efficiently and swiftly. This outline will be something that I will refer to when I get stuck in a rut while I am writing. It will provide support for me when I need it and make the writing process more enjoyable and easier.
The white soccer ball races up the pitch
the wind blasts against my cool face
speed I tell myself speed
I feel the breath of the defender breathing right down my back
he plays the body against me as best he can, shoving and pushing me around
I do not dive, I keep running
It is now just me and the goal keeper
I can feel the pressure squeezing down on me
Everything seems to slow down
I strike the ball, and fortunately it beats the keeper.
Fitz English 9th Grade
Walden Literary Analysis #2
“Which would have advanced the most at the end of a month- the boy who had made his own jackknife from the ore which he had dug and smelted, reading as much as would be necessary for this- or the boy who had attended the lectures on metallurgy at the Institute in the meanwhile,” - Henry David Thoreau.
Is the time we spend in the classroom learning and being lectured by our teachers overrated? In the book "Walden," the author Henry David Thoreau talks about the reasons he believes education is overrated. Moreover, Thoreau uses his education and Cambridge College as an example talking about the things he learned in the classroom and stating how he could have learned those things on his own. Thoreau talks about the reasons he believes education and its high price tag are overrated. He implies that there is significant waste of time and money because of mismanagement by the educational institutions, and that the educational system does a poor job of recognizing what is essential to learning and what is not. “I cannot but think that if we had more true wisdom in these respects, not only less education would be needed, because, forsooth, more would already have been acquired, but the pecuniary expense of getting an education would in a great measure vanish.” Never has this message seemed more applicable than today with costs of education surmounting over $50,000 per year for college students. What was Thoreau starts to point out is that education more than anything has become a business. A business that Thoreau believes is overrated.
9th grade English
Walden Literary Analysis #1
"Why do people work all their lives in pursuit of material possessions rather than acknowledging and appreciating the simpler gifts that life has to offer?"
~Henry David Thoreau.
Is it possible that the problems that were relevant one hundred and sixty years ago are still relevant today? In the book Walden, the author Henry David Thoreau points out the many flaws of society which seem eerily similar to the flaws facing the society that we live in today. More specifically, in chapter one, Economy, Thoreau seeks for answers why people work all their lives in pursuit of obtaining material possessions rather than appreciating simpler gifts that life and nature has to offer. Thoreau frequently makes reference to the fact that most people are enslaved by their lifestyle, whether it be by inheritance of home, farm, property, or wearing fashionable clothing. During his experiment, where he took to the woods on the edge of Walden Pond, Thoreau believed that through living a life of voluntary simplicity he could meet all the expenses required of living "by working about six weeks in one year." “This spending of the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it." Can it not be said that these fundamental beliefs are just as relevant today, maybe even more, than they were during Thoreau's time? How many people do we know who seem in an endless hurry, trading time for constant work, to obtain material possessions, never to mindful or present in their everyday lives? Has the technology that was created to improve basic freedoms and advance society actually enslaved us more in a culture obsessed with immediate responses and limited our freedoms? Could it be that Thoreau was actually onto something that would help our current time deal with our problems of poverty, global warming, and greed? One can just imagine if the masses were to adopt his philosophy of working less to contribute more, of appreciating Nature and the beauty of the land, of living simply and limiting our possessions to what we truly need how society would change. Maybe there would be no more wars. Maybe the environment would not be polluted and constantly threatened. Maybe there would be more time to think, to live, to be.