by Henry David Thoreau

1854

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This week in class, we’re reading "Excerpt from Walden: “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”" by Henry David Thoreau.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American author, essayist, poet, abolitionist, and philosopher. He, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, was one of the major figures of the Transcendentalism movement. The text below is taken from his best known work, Walden, a reflection upon his two years spent living in the wilderness near Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Loneliness & Isolation, Social Change & Revolution, and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What are the costs and benefits of technology?", "Why do people resist change?", and "What does it mean to feel alone?"

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