The Works of Henry David Thoreau Essay
The story of "Walden" begins with the narrator explaining that during his two year stay at …show more content…
In the chapter, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," Thoreau suggests that self-improvement, is the nurturing of our intellectual and spiritual needs: "We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake . . . by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. " The narrator announced that the first step to personal reform is the act of turning inward to discover one's potential for greatness. As the narrator bathes in the pond, the reader discovers a symbol of spiritual purification, the religious ceremony of baptism. The narrator is careful to make this allusion clear: "I got up early and bathed in the pond; that was a religious exercise, and one of the best things which I did.
Thoreau describes a "delicious evening" in which he feels at one with nature, "a part of her." It is cool and windy, but however the bullfrogs and night animals give it a particular appeal. In the story, "Walden," Thoreau comments that even though his closest neighbor is a mile away, the solitude he experiences makes him feel as if he could be