Thoreau’s Idea of Acceptance

In the first paragraph of Henry David Thoreau’s piece of Solitude, he explains how he is finally starting to accept himself in his new surroundings. He uses a lot of imaginative words to explain the scenery and grab the readers attention and have them focus and theorize what his life is like. Even though walden has felt this sort of “solitude”, you see him finally come together and start to feel good in his own skin. A good example of his imaginative words would be when he states “….The bullfrogs trump to usher in the night, and the note of the whippoorwill is borne on the rippling wind from over the water. Sympathy with the fluttering alder and poplar leaves almost takes away my breath; yet, like the lake, my serenity is rippled but not ruffled.” It also makes you take the time to imagine his life and the pond, and theorize what his life may be like and obstacles that he had and has overcome.

Throughout all of Thoreau’s pieces about Walden, he also explains how his life is and how he goes about his everyday life. He uses descriptive words to help you theorize his obstacles, and help better understand his situation. He tells us about all the visitors that come and go in his home, even when he is not present. In the second paragraph you can conclude that Walden is not very happy with his visitors. He explains “….One has peeled a willow wand, woven it into a ring, and dropped it on my table. I could always tell if visitors had called in my absence, either by the bended twigs or grass, or the print of their shoes, and generally of what sex or age or quality they were by some slight trace left.” Walden knows when his things and belongings have been tampered with and by the usage of language you can tell that he is not all the way surprised and ecstatic that these people have come into his home and disorganized his accouterments.

From end to end of Solitude, Thoreau justifies that Walden would rather be alone than converse with any of his visitors. Explains most likely why Walden lives in such a secluded area and away from all of his peers, family, and friends. Walden feels as though he may be superior to other people, especially the men when he states “…Sometimes, when I compare myself with other men, it seems as if I were more favored by the gods than they, beyond any deserts that I am conscious of; as if I had a warrant and surety at their hands which my fellows have not, and were especially guided and guarded…”

Through the whole of Thoreau’s pieces, you can tell that he is very focused on the idea of loneliness but by the end finds I sense of acceptance with the world and with himself. He knows and realizes that he doesn’t need anyone to confide in other than himself and feels content with his lonely life with only himself.

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