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The Majesty Of Nature Essay

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Walden: The Majesty of Nature

Henry David Thoreau is among the greatest Romantic composers of his time. He shares with us in Walden his appreciation for nature and how it is the single most important aspect of a man’s life. Thoreau highlights his experiences at Walden Pond, offering to his nineteenth-century reader what it is like to live within the openness of nature rather than the confines of the city or town. He reveres nature and believes that we can never have enough of it. Thoreau comes from a time of unprecedented destruction and abuse of nature; railroads run through plains, forests are cleared by the millions of acres, and the very earth is dug up to manipulate water for man’s ...view middle of the document...

Fully aware that nature encompesses a wide spectrum of creatures, Thoreau also sets his eyes upon the aquatic life. He sees in the water “golden and silver and bright cupreous fishes, which looked like a string of jewels,” showing that Thoreau imbibes the beauty of all types of creatures. This simile shows his reverential tone and how he finds the colors of the fish fascinating.

Thoreau derives from his experience in Walden Pond that man is immortal. Nature to Thoreau is immortal as evidenced by “there needs no stronger proof of immortality,” in reference to arrival of spring. Man by extension is also immortal because we are apart of nature, and with each spring we are renewed. He sees in the wild that “ . . . the woods were bathed in so pure and bright a light as would have waked the dead,” meaning that nature is eternal and light spring rejuvenates it. The figurative language employed here serves to intensify Thoreau’s euphoria during springtime at Walden Pond, which affirms his belief that man is immortal. That is not to say each individual man will live on forever. Thoreau realizes that death is inevitable and wholly welcomes it when he witnesses “a dead horse in the hollow by the path to [his] house, which compelled [him] to sometimes go out of [his] way.” However, he adds to that that “. . . but the assurance it gave me of the strong appetite and inviolable health of Nature was my compensation for this,” meaning he understands that death is a cycle that perpetuates the existence of man. With each fallen man, another arises and takes the former’s place in life, thereby making...

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