Book Report on Thoreau

This essay has a total of 581 words and 3 pages.


Henry David Thoreau was man of simplicity, and if he were to experience life in Cary, he
would not only be surprised, but disappointed in humanity itself. Thoreau believed in the
necessities of life, nothing more, and the people of Cary live lives exactly the opposite.
Cary residents live lives of material possessions, business, and over-complexity. These
traits of society are precisely opposite of Thoreau's ideals and beliefs. Not only would
Thoreau be disappointed, but his eyes would be filled with disgust, every which way he
looked in the Town of Cary and it's people.

Certainly material possessions are a necessity to a point, but people in Cary drag it out
to the extreme, and worship their possessions to a point where they become idols. Surely
if Thoreau spent as little as fifteen minutes in Cary, the ideals he so richly abode by
would be crushed in an instant. He believes in living the basics of life, for as Thoreau
put it, "let us spend one day as deliberately as nature. ( )" We the people of Cary don't
just live as shut off from nature as we possibly can, we "pave nature", and transform it
into things that we don't even need, or use. We work the best days of our lives, and all
we have to show for it is our nature-born possessions, which mean absolutely nothing to

Indeed, we toil the best of our days, and "fritter away our lives by detail. ( )", in
order to earn the perishable items we acquire by destroying the ever resilient gift we
Continues for 2 more pages >>