Thoreau Soapstone– “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”

Complete a soapstone on the essay after listening to the podcast, (directions on “Newsflash” page) and after reflecting on the excerpt documenting Thoreau’s memorable self-reliant exercise in the woods. Remember that while Emerson wrote beautifully and idealistically about revolt and self-realization, Thoreau was “about that life.” He lived out his philosophy. I wonder what you think of about that fact.

Your soapstone should contain one summary paragraph–remember what must be included–and one personal reader response paragraph in which you may use “I.”

64 thoughts on “Thoreau Soapstone– “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”

  1. Maria F.
    Period 2
    12-10-12
    AP Eng. 11

    In the essay, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry Thoreau, Thoreau explains how he went out to the wild to have a different perspective in the world. He explains how the only necessities you need are life and nature. In the essay, thoreau’s tone sometimes gave a angry feel and adveturures because at time he would use repition to say things.
    This essay really let me understand more cleary on how today’s society really is. Most people now adays just want to top of the line things out there to impress and feel cool. It also explained how people take thing for granted and dont realize what they have until they lose it.

  2. Valeria Diaz
    5th period
    mS. Kebble
    The tittle explains its self in “Where I lived and What I Lived for” of what the main topic is going to be. Most humans are controlling others and most people can not live the way we want. Thoreau knows that a fair life is better than a life not worth living. Money is not always the true meening of life even though it is taking over society’s minds. When he was sent to jail he felt more free because he had not obeyed what the government was forsing him to do. He had realize that he was now stronger than the government because they had to put him to jail so that he would listen. It made the government look weak.

  3. Natasha Ramirez
    Keeble
    Ap English
    10 December 2012

    Subject- Thoreau mentions in his essay when he lived in the woods and learned to embrace the natural world instead of modern day items.
    Occasion- This essay is explaining to the reader, that modern day life isn’t always needed and to enjoy nature
    Audience- The main audience is directed to the reader and the ones who appreciate the value of nature.
    Purpose-The purpose maybe to open the eyes of city people and get them out to nature to apprecaite its beauty.
    Speaker- Henery David Thoreau
    Tone- Thoreau’s tone is that people should go out and enjoy the natural envoirment around us, since many of us are inside houses majority of the time.

  4. Thomas T
    Keeble
    10 December 2012
    Period 1

    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau explains his experiences out in the forests just outside his city. He argues that people with complex and unhappy lives should live more simple lives and have what is necessary instead of living a lifestyle dependent on material possessions. He thinks that having too many things leads to a more complex lifestyle and should slow down to enjoy life around us. Because of the industrial era, Thoreau believes that it is harming the lives of many by complicating and making fast changes to the environment around people.

    I agree with Thoreau’s argument mostly because of how we live our lives today. As people, we live the seemingly endless circle of going to school, getting a job, having a marriage, and having kids that we forget to slow down and enjoy what is happening. People want to lead more technologically advanced lifestyles, but when thinking of relaxing or going on vacation people think of going to the park or camping. I still yearn to advance as a society, but at the same time I always want to return to the simplicities life gives us and am afraid that the simple life is greatly diminished.

  5. In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry David Thoreau, he argues that those who depend on materialistic things have a happier life than those who depend on it. He thinks it is better to live a simple life and that is why he decided to move to the woods. He believes that nature is essential to life instead of materialistic things. He wrote this for those who don’t value their needs but value their wants. Thoreau wants to send the message that it is better to have what you need and that materialistic things don’t buy happiness.
    I agree with Thoreau because depending on materialistic things can cause people to become greedy and to not value what they really need. I don’t think that there is a lot of people who don’t depend on materialistic things, I include myself in the group of those who need materialistic things. It is incredible that he moved to the woods to get away from all of that,personally I would not be able to do that.

  6. David M
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11
    12/9/12
    Summary:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau clearly explains the way he thinks people should live. Thoreau hated the idea of people leading over exaggerated lives with unnecessary objects. He believed that people could be happy without all these excessive materials. Simplicity is the key to living is a good way of describing it. He just wants to show the world that living a simple life is better and helps others. There is no waste of food, objects, or money.
    My Response:
    Thoreau definitely has a way with words and perhaps simplicity is the key to happiness. People don’t need to have the fanciest car or the biggest house. It’s completely unnecessary, but sadly that is the world we live in. Maybe people will change someday, but I don’t see that happening for awhile. However, I can agree that living a simple life gives a lot more happiness than a exaggerated one. It is better to live happy and enjoy yourself. Life is short and there is no point in working yourself to death if you cant spend any time with the people love and doing what you love.

  7. Summary with SoapsTone included:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau is the speaker, and he uses his voice to give off a serious and persuading tone throughout the entire essay. Throughout the essay he argues that living in a world of simplicity is better than living in a world where your life revolves around the materialistic things. This essay was most likely written in the 1800s to an audience who were infatuated with “the finer things”.

    Reader’s Response:
    I found this reading useful. I found that a person who is infatuated with the perks of materialistic things, will think twice before purchasing that new game system, or etc. this essay brought me to think about how society now, is all blinded by “the fine things”. This essay did nothing, but reassure me of my thoughts that I previously had. Materialistic things are bigger and better in the non-simplistic people’s eyes. The simple things are good enough for people who are not able to get the materialistic things. It’s all about what you are given, and how you use it.

  8. Summary with SoapsTone:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau is the speaker, and uses his voice to gove off a serious and persuading tone throughout the entire essay. Throughout the essay he argues that living in a world of simplicity is better than living in a world where your life resolves around the materialistic things. This essay was most likely written in the 1800s to an audience who were infatuated with “the finer things”.

    Reader’s Response:
    I found this reading useful. I found that a person who is infatuated with the perks of materialistic things, will think twice before purchasing that new game system, or etc. this essay brought me to think about how society now, is all blinded by “the fine things”. This essay did nothing, by reassure me of my thoughts that I previously have had. Materialistic things are bigger and better in the non-simplistic people’s eyes. The simple things are good enough for people who are not able to get the materialistic things. It’s all about what you were given, and how you use it.

  9. Maliko P.
    12/09/12
    Period:02

    In Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Where I lived, and What I Lived For”, Thoreau argues how materialistic our world has become. This essay is directed towards people who are unquestionably object-oriented. Written in the time period of the industrialization era, Thoreau wanted to emphasize and influence others to observe his belief of individualism and nature by living in the woods and writing about his intriguing experiences that took place when he was there. Thoreau’s tone was wise, knowledgeable, and somewhat agitated.

    I found this reading very enlightening due to Thoreau’s philosophical view. For example when he talks about the newspaper and how it repeated the same awful events. At this point in reading the essay I had to stop and think and I realized he was right. What was the point of newspapers if they never tell us anything new? The newspaper is just “gossip” as he says and it is not very informational after the first time of reading it.

  10. Merritt Walker
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 2
    09 December 2012

    Henry David Thoreau wrote a short essay, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”. While writing his essay Thoreau was living in the woods in a cabin, reflecting on life. The subject in his essay is the way of life. He stayed out in the woods to fully understand life. His audience is the people who take life for granted, and the people who never really live. His purpose is to show people not to live life in a rush. He wants people to slow down and take everything in. His tone throughout the speech is persuading. In short, Thoreau wrote this essay to show the simplicity of life. I agree with Thoreau’s argument. I like the reading a lot and I think it is very interesting. I can connect because sometimes I do hurry. We live in a generation where everything is fast, and people don’t have patience. While reading this essay I noticed that Thoreau was right, living life in a hurry doesn’t get us anywhere; it’s just a waste of our life.

  11. Diana Larios
    AP English 11
    Keeble
    Period 1
    December 9, 2012

    Summary:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, Henry David Thoreau declares an argument that specifies that one who lives in a less materialistic world will live happier than those who do. He points out the people who live in urban areas that live a busy materialistic life surrounding themselves by all the stress and harm that comes with it, instead of enjoying what life is truly about which are all the simple things that surround us that we don not pay attention too that are the things that bring us the most joy if we weren’t blinded by all these materialistic ideals. He claims that people that follow a simpler life style are the one ones who lead a happier life.
    Response:
    I agree with the argument that Thoreau is trying to implicate on the reader. I believe that people today are worried about what they have, and are stressing if what they have is not better than their friends. I see people today spending thousands of dollars on sneakers, they have to have the best brand either Nike or Jordan’s. It is crazy to me that that money could be used to save peoples lives. People don’t seem to be able to prioritize what is more valuable. Money is all our society revolves around, and how they obtain it is not important as long as they have it. When working you are looking for success not necessarily in how much you make but in the fact that you enjoyed the process that it took you to earn it and looking forward to providing for others as a thanks for what they’ve done for you in your life. I find more happiness in that because giving is better than being selfish with what you have, what goes around comes around. I believe that if you do good out of the kindness of your heart for others that will be returned to you in the near or distant future.

  12. Desiree N.

    Ms. keeble

    AP English 11

    9 December 2012

    Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” is about the need for a simplistic life. This piece was written in 1854. The purpose is to persuade people to stop living in such a materialistic world and live a happier, simpler life. Thoreau’s audience is the general public but he is pointing fingers at the people who live in a world full of luxuries. The tone of Thoreau is very persuasive and desperate, he is trying to explain why his way of living is better and easier.
    I agree with Thoreau’s message. I believe people have too much going on in their lives nowadays that they can’t even enjoy it. People also enjoy material things rather than experiences and journeys. Too many things are taken for granted. If people lived a simpler life, they would be happier, they would have time to stand still and enjoy the beauty of the world around them.

  13. Summary:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, Thoreau reminiscences on his encounters with life and nature while living. He ties this in to how people are not taking full advantage of life and the way it should be lived. His driven purpose was to explain why we should slow down and cherish life and all of its gifts. Since this was directed towards those who don’t appreciate nature and life, he goes in detail about the “big living and big spending”, “living in the fast lane”, and other things most people partake in.
    Response:
    Taking the time to appreciate the life I was given and everything around me is vital, therefor I agree with the point Thoreau is presenting. If I can’t give something back to nature, why must nature give to me? In a better perspective, if I cannot say “thank you” for all that I’ve been blessed with, why should blessings continue to come? The idea he expressed was enlightening and the topics he brought up were topics I could connect with. For example, he mentioned how society buys unnecessary things or things that won’t be put to use. I have done this numerous times and regret it after the 7-day return policy expires. The amount of pointless things that are done on a day to day basis are baffling, and yet we still do not cherish what does have a significant point in our lives.

  14. Abraham N.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11
    Period 5
    9 December 2012

    In Henry David Thoreau’s essay, “What I Lived, and What I Lived For”, Thoreau longs for a simpler life and proclaims that life moves to fast for him. Because of these reasons, Thoreau moves to Walden Pond, a place in the woods where he could actually live the life he wanted to, simplistic and independent. The main purpose of the speaker Henry David Thoreau’s essay was to get his audience, readers who probably live life in an elaborate fashion, a little insight on how life in Thoreau’s mind, should actually be lived. The essay was put into a persuasive tone to attempt to change the reader’s outlook on life, from detailed to a more simpler look on life.

    I thought that the essay was informative and thought provoking because I believe that it would be very challenging for me to live “the simple life” like Thoreau did, mainly because of technology and how much it affects my life now, makes me think that I wouldn’t last much without it. Although I do not agree with Thoreau on living life simple, I do agree with him on how we are currently living life now so fast, and I believe that we are a society that wants quantity over quality. Finally, I think as a society, we do not have to completely live life simple, but if we just stop what we’re doing sometimes to appreciate our surroundings like the nature or even a good book, society as a whole should be fine.

  15. Sidney
    AP English
    Keeble 

    Henry David Thoreau is the author of Where I Lived, and What I Lived For. He was known as a naturalist and radical individual, who wrote  Walden, based on his self-sufficient time in Massachusetts. Thoreau’s notes if Walden Pond were so immaculately written that scientist can use it well enough today as a comparison of climate change from then to now.Where I Lived, and What I Lived For was an excerpt taken from Thoreau’s book, Walden, written in 1854, based on a cabin in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau wrote this document to really show his readers the art of self-sufficiency and the simple life. The intended audience for this writing seems to be the people. He uses this chapter as a way to explain himself to others and his peers. ”When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality”  Thoreau seems to sum it all up within this quote as his purpose. To gratify the simple life. His subject was the search for a place to live and his acceptance of allowing things to happen as his fate. Unlike many others he doesn’t take the simple things for granted. The tone expressed throughout the writing was very down to earth, and appreciative.In this excerpt Thoreau spoke a lot about how people take so many things for granted and how the city folk  are so materialistic. 

    I think Thoreau is correct in his way of living.I love the idea of not having to rely on anything but yourself. It seems so stress free, as if you had all the time in the world. Like mentioned in the podcast, Thoreau didn’t give into time, time gave into him.  Why not live out in isolated serenity, with the perks of some supplies? I myself would love to go live off in a Cabin with nothing of modern day society needs but an emergency phone and some tasty treats. The simplest things can make you appreciate a moment in time or an aspect in life. It’s the little things that count and I couldn’t agree more.

  16. Oscar G.
    Period 1
    In, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” Henry David Thoreau writes about his experience with nature. His story starts out in a cabin in Concord, Massachusetts. Walden enjoys his visit in Concord unlike most people. During his two year stay in Concord he goes around visiting lakes and rivers and examines animal and plant life at a close up. He also begins to give his opinions on our ‘necessities’ as a society. And as final note he recommends that we waste less time with stuff we do not need, and spend a little more time with nature.
    This was a good read, it kept me reading for the most part. I would agree with Thoreau that people now a days are getting to involved, for so to say, with unnecessary objects. Society needs to wake up and value play time, sports, landscape, sun rise, rain and wind. Because many people, if not all, take it for granted. Because the day of today or tomorrow it can be gone.

  17. Elvia Lopez
    AP English
    Ms. Keeble
    19 December 2012
    5th Period

    In, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry David Thoreau, argues that materialistic things are not necessary in each individuals life. This story was written in the 1800′s, which argues that nature should be much more important than actual material things. He believes that many people should not be caring about the materialistic things but to care for what is surrounding them. The readers should get informed on how important it is to not care about the material things and love the nature. Thoreau uses informative and passionate language to attract readers and see how important that case is.
    Reading Thoreau’s story made me realize many things. To start off he made many great points but the main one is to live off with what you have, and not focus on the material things. I personally believe that Thoreau makes great points and i agree with him. I feel that having all of the things in the world will not get you far therefore living with what you have and could afford is always the best. This compares to todays world because we well know that people who live off of everything they don’t need are highly different from the people who live humble.

  18. Jhoann Batac
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11 Period 2
    9 December 2012

    Henry Thoreau, an American philosopher, writes an essay titled “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For.” He was influenced by the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a transcendentalist thinker who stressed the significance of self-reliance. Thoreau employs Emerson’s idea of self-reliance and details his enriching experience at Walden Pond, contemplating the meaning of life. He shares his wisdom in order to persuade people to transcend the materialism of society and enlighten individuals on how to live more meaningful lives based on autonomy. Thoreau metaphorically and reflectively conveys that people’s minds and their journey to finding their purpose in life is all that matters.

    I agree with Thoreau that living a simple life instead of living a life muddled in materialism will motivate spiritual satisfaction. Materials in society do bring people happiness; however, this form of happiness is temporary and is a distraction from focusing on the things that really matter in life. As technology continues to advance in our community, it becomes harder and harder to resist the temptations of electronics and turn to spiritual freedom. Many of us have forgotten what it means to truly be happy and live a purposeful life. Like Thoreau demonstrates in his essay, I believe that we should look beyond the many distractions of society and focus on what is real— our minds and our purpose in the world.

  19. Jhoann Batac
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11 Period 2
    9 December 2012

    Henry Thoreau, an American philosopher, writes an essay titles “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For.” He was influenced by the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a transcendentalist thinker who stressed the significance of self-reliance. Thoreau employs Emerson’s idea of self-reliance and details his enriching experience at Walden Pond, contemplating the meaning of life. He shares his wisdom in order to persuade people to transcend the materialism of society and enlighten individuals on how to live more meaningful lives based on autonomy. Thoreau metaphorically and reflectively conveys that people’s minds and their journey to finding their purpose in life is all that matters.

    I agree with Thoreau that living a simple life instead of living a life muddled in materialism will motivate spiritual satisfaction. Materials in society do bring people happiness; however, this form of happiness is temporary and is a distraction from focusing on the things that really matter in life. As technology continues advance in our community, it becomes harder and harder to resist the temptations of electronics and turn to spiritual freedom. As a society, we have forgotten what it means to truly be happy and live a purposeful life. Like Thoreau demonstrates in his essay, I believe that we should look beyond the many distractions of society and focus on what is real— our minds and our purpose in the world.

  20. Ryan C.
    Ms. Keeble
    Period 1

    In the essay, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, is about Henry Thoreau, which is also the author, on how he lives for the meaning of life. He talks about how he moved to the woods to front only the essential facts of life. Thoreau goes deeply in how the only necessity really needed is the simple things in life and nature. He also talks about how he wants to enjoy the things around him, which goes back to why he went to the woods. The way he puts his thinking’s in his writing, is that he writes about his views along with, detailed examples and information.

    Thoreau’s thinking reminds me of myself sometimes. Life goes by so fast that most of us don’t slow down to enjoy the things around us. It reminds me of myself because sometimes I like to admire nature sometimes and just think about things. I take a great long look at a great view or scenery and I just stand there and take a long deep breath. As I do that; time just seems to slow down. So that is slowing life down to admire the things around me. Another time of this situation is when I drive to places. I’m always on the rush to get to places so I don’t notice the things around me. So sometimes I like taking a cruise to the country roads to enjoy the scenery. What Thoreau says is important to a happy life and maybe simple life.

  21. Johanna G.
    Keeble
    AP English, Per. 2
    9 December 2012

    In the essay, “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”, written by Henry David Thoreau, he explains how a simpler life against a materialistic life is better. Thoreau wrote this essay in 1854 while staying at Walden Pond. I believe that his audience are the people that live too much of a busy life, the ones that don’t have time to stop and cherish their moments. His purpose is to make people realize how important the little things in life are and how much you should take advantage of them. The speaker’s attitude seems very simple as if he doesn’t want much and values all the small details of life. His tone comes off as persuading and informative.
    I found Thoreau’s essay to be very interesting because most of his assertions were true and I agreed with them. I think that his essay can relate to our world and lives today because majorities of the people living now don’t notice the importance of nature. The motive for this, like always, comes back to technology. We’re too busy focusing on our computers, televisions, and phones that we have no time to realize anything else. In my opinion, Thoreau’s overall message in his essay that happiness can be found in simple things, should be understood by more people.

  22. Phuong-My N.
    Keeble
    AP English, Per. 2
    9 December 2012

    Soapstone

    In “Where I lived and What I Lived For”, written in 1854 by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau argues why people should live simply instead of complicatedly. He is aiming this argument at people who are too engaged in the bustling city to notice how wonderful nature really is. Thoreau is attempting to convince them that a simple life will make them happier and that most of the materialistic items people have, they do not need. His tone appeared desperate and exhausted in the essay due to his repetition and use of exclamations. For example, on page 417, he exclaims, “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” And he mentions “Simplify, simplify.” a couple lines after.

    Reader’s Response

    I definitely agree with Henry David Thoreau and his idea that simplicity is best. Especially now in the 21st century, where electronics are at the highest peak, we take nature for granted. Some people don’t realize this but our world is slowly, but surely falling apart. Trees are being cut down to make room for more factories making materialistic products that we don’t even need. Without trees, where will the carbon in our bodies go? It is better to live a simple, non-luxurious life if it means that we are helping save our planet. I didn’t think this essay would be interesting, but it was! I definitely enjoyed this eye-opener.

  23. Joelynn D.

    Ms. Keeble

    AP English – 2nd period

    09 December 2012

    Summary:
    In Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Where I Lived and What I Lived for,” Thoreau expresses his thoughts on living in such a materialistic society and states his opinion that it would be better if everyone lived in simplicity with only the bare necessities. Especially since he believes industrialization does not improve the quality of life, but only succeeds in depleting Mother Nature’s natural resources. Thoreau also believes that society is too rushed and everyone should slow down and enjoy life as it is.

    Reader Response:
    I agree with Thoreau’s beliefs and views because even though the technology and industrialization are much more advance today, it does not necessarily mean people today are any happier than they were before technology. This proves his point that maybe a simplistic lifestyle is better and more fulfilling. Especially when he explains how too many people gauge their life and happiness on the amount of money they make or materialistic items, I can really agree because life should be about the memories and experiences that are made; not the amount of money or tangible items gained. So by reverting to a more simplistic lifestyle, people can regain their own sense of individualism and happiness without the pressures of having to try and succeed, or live up to specific standards in society.

  24. Dominique
    AP English 11 Per 2
    December 9, 2012

    In Henry David Thoreau’s “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” the speaker of the essay is Thoreau himself. This piece was written in 1854, and the setting is out somewhere in the woods, which Thoreau bases his arugment around. The intended
    audience are people who are appreciative of the little things and believe that simplicity is the key to life. The purpose of this essay was to persuade people that having less than more is better because you learn to appreciate what you have. And as previously stated, the subject of this entry was about simple life in the woods rather than in the city where there are a lot of unnecessary things that are just there for destractions. Thoreau presents this subject in an informative and persausive tone, because he is both informing the reader with information and trying to convince them that simplicity is the best/easiest way to be truly content.

    When I was finished reading this entry, I came to a conclusion that Thoreau was right. I completely agree with his point and I was able to draw connections to his thoughts and experiences he provided. In my opinion, if I have a lot of something, I am not going to appreicate it as much as I would as something that I don’t have much of. When you only have one or a small amount of things, you realize that that amount is all you are going to get and you may never get it again. It becomes special and significant to you, whereas if you have a lot of one thing, you can easily go through it and always rely on getting more. It is also easier to take care of and appreciate one thing than twenty. I also agree with his idea of simplicity, for I realize I am more content when I don’t have my electronic devices around. I would rather spend time with people, than to read about their lives on social networks. In conclusion, I think that Thoreau did a great job at discussing this subject and his purpose was very interesting and essential.

  25. Dominique
    AP English 11
    Per 2
    December 9, 2012

    In Henry David Thoreau’s “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” the speaker of the essay is Thoreau himself. This piece was written in 1854, and the setting is out somewhere in the woods, which Thoreau bases his arugment around. The intended
    audience is people who are appreciative of the little things and believe that simplicity is the key to life. The purpose of this essay was to persuade people that having less than more is better because you learn to appreciate what you have. And as previously stated, the subject of this entry was about simple life in the woods rather than in the city where there are a lot of unnecessary things that are just there for destractions. Thoreau presents this subject in an informative and persausive tone, because he is both informing the reader with information and trying to convince them that simplicity is the best/easiest way to be truly content.

    When I was finished reading this entry, I came to a conclusion that Thoreau was right. I completely agree with his point and I was able to draw connections to his thoughts and experiences he provided. In my opinion, if I have a lot of something, I am not going to appreicate it as much as I would as something that I don’t have much of. When you only have one or a small amount of things, you realize that that amount is all you are going to get and you may never get it again. It becomes special and significant to you, whereas if you have a lot of one thing, you can easily go through it and always rely on getting more. It is also easier to take care of and appreciate one thing than twenty. I also agree with his idea of simplicity, for I realize I am more content when I don’t have my electronic devices around. I would rather spend time with people, than to read about their lives on social networks. In conclusion, I think that Thoreau did a great job at discussing this subject and his purpose was very interesting and essential.

  26. Aaron Chon
    Ms Keeble
    APENG
    10 December 2012
    Henry Thoreau was a radical thinker in the early 1800s, often questioning the morality of actions and the definition of morality. He even went so far as to go to jail for protesting the Mexican War as an act of a stronger nation bullying a weaker one. His writing was for the purpose of desribing self reliance and its discovery through his own living in nature. His writing is targeted at anyone who has the will to listen and be their own masters, as he questions the presence of order. His purpose of writing was to allow the reader to visually see the power of living without extras, using himself as a medium to demonstrate so. The tone that he employs is one that is filled with reflection, emphasized through his observations and thoughts.
    I found that Thoreau’s opinions were quite fascinating, especially because many people already know it, yet fail to acknowledge it in their lifestyles. Indeed, people have many privileges that they take for granted, especially since it has always been available to them. A life without such luxuries is foreign to them, so it would be difficult for people to fully embrace such a view. However, I as an individual felt that Thoreau’s views were some that people should actually try to live through their lives.

  27. Yarelli Lopez
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Language & Composition
    9 December 2012

    Summary:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, by Henry David Thoreau, he argues about how people in the Industrial period were becoming less aware of taking care of nature and its offerings to every living thing in the planet. People were glorified, by what the Industrial Revolution had to give them that they no longer cared if they were causing any harm to the Earth. Thoreau is reflective and informative throughout the essay to show his appreciation to Mother Nature unlike others; he wants to prove that living in a big city can’t compare to living in a place in which you are surrounded by the true beauty of nature.

    Response:
    I strongly agree with Thoreau’s idea about the way of living life. Sometimes it takes a long breath, standing in the middle of woods to have a moment of relaxation. It is something really beautiful when you can truly enjoy the blessings of nature and not just that but also know how to enjoy life with what you already have and not what you still want. For example, to me I rather have less in life and live in peace, then to have everything and live in a life filled with chaos.

  28. Caitlin Huie
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Per 2
    9 December 2012

    In Henry David Thoreau’s “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, he talks about the simplicity of nature and he implies that life in nature is how life everywhere should be. People should only do what’s necessary and slow their life down. The United States has certain objects that aren’t necessary to live a life. The country has many excess items that distract the people from living the life they are supposed to have. People are living each day too fast and they are not appreciating everything they have. Thoreau illustrates how nature helps you see what’s really important and what things are actually necessities.
    I agree with what Thoreau is implying in this text. We don’t stop to notice how our lives are and a lot of times we aren’t grateful for what we have. Most of us already have the basic necessities and we are not grateful for them. The days are going too fast because we’re anxious for what’s going to happen later. We want to know what’s going to happen in the future instead of appreciating what we have right now. Sadly, I think it’s too late to change everyone’s perspective on life. In the introduction, it says that Thoreau was supplied during his stay in the woods. That demonstrates how even the person that’s the most critical on this subject, can’t even follow his own principles. If Thoreau can’t do it, no one else can.

  29. Hannah Reddy
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11, Period 2
    10 December 2012

    S- The subject of this essay is that people are not living life the way it was meant to; instead people are focusing on the materialistic aspects.

    O- This essay was written in 1854 to explain to people that living a materialistic life isn’t the way to live.

    A- The audience of this essay is the general public, specifically the ones that are living an opposing lifestyle as to the one he lived.

    P- The purpose of this essay is to persuade people or bring to the surface that the lifestyle that people have been choosing is in Thoreau’s eyes the wrong one.

    S- The speaker of this essay is Henry David Thoreau.

    T- The tone of this essay is very persuasive; he gives multiple examples to support his thoughts.

    I fully agree with Thoreau when he states that “living is so dear.” I approve of what Thoreau did when he went into the woods and lived out what he explained as to what life should be like. However, he was a bit hypocritical because he did not fully live deep in the woods, and he still had people travel to places and acquire his necessities. After I found out that Thoreau had done this, his claims and his whole essay seemed insignificant to me. How can one say one thing, and pretend to live that lifestyle. Its different when one says something, but when you actually put action behind your words, the words are amplified. But when one lies to get that same type of amplification, and people find out, your claims and what you say are insignificant.

  30. Rachael B.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11, Per. 2
    9 December 2012

    Henry Thoreau briefly wrote an essay called “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” in which he recalled his time spent at Walden Pond. During the two years he lived in the woods, Thoreau reflected about everyday life, existence, and questioned the purpose of people on Earth. As an American philosopher, he sought to give advice to make the lives of the people more meaningful with his wisdom. He aimed at materialists with his words. He explained, and probably convinced the people, there is more to life than to be in the comfort of the house and to be indulgent with objects. Thoureau was also strongly influenced by the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who focused on self-reliance and inspired Thoreau to take his journey. Emerson’s theme of self-reliance allowed Thoureau to realize it does take more to survive alone without the assistance of already-made objects. He also discovered that it is the individual’s soul and perseverance that creates his or her world everyday as metaphorically depicted when Thoreau created a house in Walden. His reflective tone allows the reader to examine what his thoughts and philosophies of the meaning of life are.
    I agree with Thoreau when he speaks out about his view about life. There really is more to it than just sitting around, doing the the same thing everyday, and relying on objects that will not always be there. One does not necessarily have to live away from people in the woods to discover this idea. Many actions can be taken to find out the meaning of one’s individual life. I also agree to the idea of self-reliance that Thoreau was inspired by. One cannot rely on inventions or even others to assist him or herself. In the end, the only person there for you is yourself. Just like Thoreau built his house by himself, one should take that idea and apply it to life to get the ultimate characteristic of indepence. It truthfully is up to the individual to independently create a new day for him or herself.

  31. Ross H
    Keeble
    APENG period 2
    9 December 2012

    In his essay “Where I Lived. And What I Lived For,” Transcendentalist author, Henry David Thoreau, thoughtfully argues how simple living leads to a fuller life. Thoreau’s intended audience are people who are wasting their lives and are looking for change. His purpose in writing this essay is to enlighten people how their excess behaviors are making their lives less meaningful. Through his uses of tone change from thoughtful to anger, he is able to change the thought process of the average american. Leading them to a better way of life.
    I do agree with Thoreau, but to a point. I don’t think that we should not be buying as much stuff as we are, but I don’t think we should be living in the woods as a solution. People in America do have too many personal things and it is effecting us environmentally and socially. But This is what makes us happy. I am a person that works really hard to get what I, and the feeling I get when I get something I want is amazing. That feeling is what people are after, that feeling is what makes it all worth it. Thoreau wants people to live in woods without excess. Why should he be given the right to deny people comfort of the world they are used to. He wants people to have fuller lives where they self-sufficient, but as a nation we are not up to that. We simply like stuff, and want to have more of it

  32. AP English 11, 1st period
    Ms. Keeble
    9 December 2012

    Summary:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, Henry David Thoreau argues against a materialistic lifestyle. In his essay, Thoreau suggests that a simpler life is a happier life. His work is directed towards city people their materialism. Written during the industrial era, Thoreau criticizes their values and views of items being equivalent to happiness. He uses a controversial and critical tone as he argues for a simpler lifestyle.

    Response:
    I agree with the message Thoreau is trying to get across. Although material items may bring some kind of happiness, they wouldn’t fill the void that’s given by simplicity. I’d much rather have an amazing family than acquire all of the latest gadgets. The simple things are what really matter and put everything in perspective. The smallest thing can make you appreciate life and everything that come with it. Having excess material items paves the way for being unappreciative and taking things for advantage. Money cannot buy happiness.

  33. Brittany-Ann V. Dela Cruz
    Keeble
    AP English
    10 December 2012
    SOAPSTONE
    In Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, Henry David Thoreau specifically explained his concept of life. Thoreau seen industrialism as a step-back, and moved into the wilderness to learn and teach life’s meaning to the rest of the world. He wanted the modern day person to remember the beauties of nature and use it as an advantage. Instead of worrying about time, money, or work, let us rejoice the natural implements in life. If you glorify the small things that are God given, life will always be happy and bliss.
    In modern day, we see living life with TV’s, video games, and drugs. Thoreau sees living life in terms of nature. After reading Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, I found myself feeling guilty. I am a victim for not appreciating the natural benefits the outdoors has to offer. I based my life on contemporary gadgets and took God’s gifts for granted. Thoreau stated, “For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or the God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is chief end of man here to glorify God and enjoy his forever” (Pg. 417). We must learn to take a break from the industrial growth and remember the necessities of life.

  34. Brittany-Ann V. Dela Cruz
    Keeble
    AP English
    10 December 2012
    SOAPSTONE
    In Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, Henry David Thoreau specifically explained his concept of life. Thoreau seen industrialism as a step-back, and moved into the wilderness to learn and teach life’s meaning to the rest of the world. He wanted the modern day person to remember the beauties of nature and use it as an advantage. Instead of worrying about time, money, or work, let us rejoice the natural implements in life. If you glorify the small things that are God given, life will always be happy and bliss.
    In modern day, we see living life with TV’s, video games, and drugs. Thoreau sees living life in terms of nature. After reading Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, I found myself feeling guilty. I am a victim for not appreciating the natural benefits the outdoors has to offer. I have based my life on contemporary gadgets and taking God’s gifts for granted. Thoreau stated, “For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or the God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is chief end of man here to glorify God and enjoy his forever” (Pg. 417). We must learn to take a break from the industrial growth and remember the necessities of life.

  35. Amacalli Duran
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English

    David Henry Thoreau was born in the midst of the Industrial Revolution; however, unlike the majority’s perspective he advocated how the Western culture’s consumerist attitude needed a change. The Industrial Revolution brought forth materialistic possessions, introduced the term “want” and disregarded the term “need”. In his life, Thoreau became a very profound naturalist and in his essay, “What I Lived and What I Lived For” he emphasizes the subject of how simplicity is key to a fruitful life. Thoreau mainly targets his essay to the consumerists of the Industrial Revolution because their views oppose those of his own. During the Industrial Revolution, consumerist viewed nature as a burden because it hindered mass expansion and mass production. Thoreau purposes in writing this essay was to help encourage consumerist learn the simplicity of life without materialistic possessions and to also preserve nature. Although Thoreau attempted to enforce his lifestyle on to others, the consequences of the Industrial Revolution are evidence of his failure. While reading the essay, the writer can sense the passion Thoreau placed in his writing and how desperate he was for a change.
    Whenever the name “Thoreau” is stated, I can’t help but remember my 10th grade History teacher’s spiel about how hypocritical Thoreau was. Thoreau voiced that he lived by his philosophy, but when making his cabin he bought several materials such as nails, windows, and wood. As I recall, Thoreau’s philosophy is that all the means to survive are provided by nature. If that’s the case, then why did Thoreau have to buy supplies? Regardless of Thoreau’s actions, I agree with his Philosophy. Thoreau argued that humanity was too dependent on technology and I couldn’t agree more. The younger generations of American became so dependent on technology that without it they are utterly useless. Teenagers can hardly read a map, read an entire book, or play outside; instead, they use technology to satisfy their needs. Although I myself am very fond of technology, it annoys me how much my life revolves around it. My phone and computer are so important to me, I cry a little whenever they are taken away. Humanity is truly addicted to technology, and if only they listened to Thoreau earlier this condition would have never arose. Thoreau states, “I do not wish to live what was not life, living so dear.” Thoreau explains that nature was provided by life and to gain the true meaning and benefits of life, you must become one with nature. I want to challenge myself just as Thoreau did, to live in nature and disregard materialistic items. However, this challenge is almost impossible for I am a victim of the addiction of technology.

  36. Rachel N.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Language & Composition
    10 December 2012

    In the essay, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” by Henry David Thoreau, he discusses his experience on being within nature and having to utilize self-reliance. Throughout the passage, Thoreau illustrates not only his physical findings with living on his own, but the philosophical conclusions he came to about life itself. While expressing these discoveries and reflections, he takes on a tone of ingenuity, rhetoric, and insight. These tones help to further the author’s purpose because they convince us that this author has had hands-on experience with living this way of life. With articulating his findings with convicting evidence and insight, Thoreau displays his points with truth and persuasion, leaving us with a breath of awe.
    Thoreau’s experience with living in the wild gripped me with a unique style of how to perceive my life. In the passage, he talks about how we need to stop and smell the roses not only some days, but every day. The author writes, “Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?” Thoreau conveys that whether we are going through difficult circumstances, there is always something to appreciate. Personally, it is easy for me to identify all the negatives about my life or myself, but never stop and be grateful for all the benefits I enjoy about living my life. With the insight and examples he gave, this was an essay that gave me another philosophical element to cherish.

  37. Jonathan V
    Ms.Keeble
    Ap Eng and Comp
    period 1

    Henry David Thoreau, the author of the article,”Where I Lived and What I Lived For”, writes primarily of the subject about being a balanced person in taking part in society and nature. The author’s primary audience is the people that have no need in thinking about nature and how they originated from within it and this purpose is to try to get them to see that nature is a vital piece in their life puzzle, they are no one without it. He also makes the statement clear through the article that sometimes having too much of something disrupts the balance between what is needed and what is in ones hand in excess.
    This article struck a lot of questions in my head and thinks to think about as well. Out of all the quotes and sayings he was pointing out the one that stuck out the most is the one that says, “Be it life or death, we crave only reality.If we are really dying, let us feel the rattle in our throats and feel cold in our extremities;if we are alive, let us go about our business. This stuck out because people just want to live because they feel like its a right they should have. In my opinion it is a gift that nature helps supporting, but some take it for granted and think that they can mess this gift and get another one but reality along with nature will soon hit this person in the face and tell him/her otherwise.

  38. Efrain E.
    Period 1
    AP English

    Summary:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, Henry David Thoreau presents an argument against a materialistic lifestyle and claims that the simpler one lives, the happier they will truly be. He tries to grab the attention of the people who live in the cities and points out the materialistic views that seem to “improve” their quality of life. Thoreau’s piece was written during the industrial era, a time period which glorified work and industrial progress as a sign of success. Thoreau criticizes the complex lifestyle that these people lead and claims that a simpler lifestyle will lead to a happier life.

    Response:
    I generally agree with the message that Thoreau tries to spread in his writing. Many people still measure success by the amount of money they own or by the amount of work they can get done. I personally think that success should be measured by the amount of time that one spends doing something they love to do. Whether it be a hobby, like playing a sport or knitting, or simply sitting at home enjoying a warm cup of coffee while watching re-runs of Saturday morning cartoons. An individual’s goal in life shouldn’t be to work themselves to death. Life is about enjoying what you have and using your resources to have as good a time as possible. As Thoreau points out in his writing, the simplest lifestyle can often times provide the greatest happiness.

  39. Johan Ocegueda
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English
    9 December 2012
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry Thoreau, Henry expresses how he feels that the normal human being should live. He is openeing the eys of those that are taking advantage of what nature gives us. He believes that no one needs to exagerate what they have, live a nice normal life and you will be happy. He s expressing what he feels in a nice calm way so that every one is able to understand his arguement.
    I agree with Thoreau because I also feel that not everything there is in this world is really needed. There are people now at days that buy plate of food at a fansy restaurant for two hundred or three hundred dollars. There are people in the streets eating off of garbage cans, there are kids in Africa eating dirt off of the ground. People should start caring more about others and just help one another. It is not possible that people waste so much money on stupid things when there are poeple that need that same money for the most simple things to live.

  40. Alicia Oseguera
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English
    9 December 2012

    S- Thoreau in this essay is talking about how humans in this world just live in a life full of materials that are not needed. He argues that living a life simple is way better.

    O- This piece was written in 1854, for the purpose of convincing people that living in the woods is better. Thoreau argues that living a simple life will make the society happier.

    A- The intended audience is those who believe that life is all about living with excessive material and luxuries. Also, for the people that don’t see the beauty of nature.

    P- Thoreau with this piece is trying to achieve the understanding of his audience so that people can know that nature is something that we should be grateful. That there is no need for living life with luxury when there is simple ways to live our life.

    S- The voice that is heard in the piece is the one of Thoreau which sounds frustrated and tired towards the lack of understanding of the people towards the subject of living a simple life is better.

    T- The attitude of the speaker towards the subject is desperate that people don’t see that living a simple life will make everyone happier.

    Summary:
    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry David Thoreau, he argues that living in the woods is better than living life with luxury. The main audience is those who believe that living a life full of luxury is the best thing not appreciating what nature has to offer. The sole purpose of this piece is to make the people see that living a simple life is better than living life with excess. This purpose is shown through the tone that is portrayed through the essay which is tired and frustrated. The tone is shown through phrases like “What news! how much more important to know what that is which was never old”(419) and “Pause! Avast! Why so seeming fast, but deadly slow?”(420).

    Reader Response:

    While reading this piece of Thoreau I found it very interesting and intriguing because of all the examples he brought up to defend his point of view. Everything he said in my opinion is true because people have no need to be living with excess and luxury when they can just live a simple life and be happy. He makes good points because in this world there are many people that do not have food but there are still people that just do a waste of money when they already have enough. Reading this made me think of the global warming we are going through how just like said by Thoreau we are not appreciating nature. Instead we are living our life big when there is a simple way to live it. This essay made me think twice about how I live my life form now on because I realized that there is no need to have a lot of everything.

  41. Destiny Bets
    9 December 2012
    Period 5
    AP English

    Subject: The subject of Thoreau’s essay is how people should live the “simple Life” intead of being all extravagent and luxarious.

    Occassion: The essay being written in 1854, explains how Thoreau feels that it is better to live out away from civilized land and how living in the woods doesn’t result to “men having excess materials.” It is also ironic how the essay was written in long ago, but it applies to today’s life.

    Audience: Thoreau is clearly talking to all the people but more directed to those who believe that living in the woods or any uncivilized land depends on excess materials rather than nature.

    Purpose: The purpose of writting this persausive essay is to demonstrate how living the simple life would be the best choice for contentment and happiness.

    Speaker: The speaker of “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” is David Thoreau.

    Tone: Thoreau’s tone is informative and persuasive because he is both informing and attempting to try to convince the viewers that the the simple life is the best choice i order to be happy.

    Reader Response:

    Although I slightly disagree with the reading, Thoreau made a good point when stated, “Why should we live with such a hurry and waste of life?” (I Agree with Veronica). The quote above reminds me of today’s society and it seems that the people are trying to rush as if they were trying to speed up the Earth’s Rotation. I also disgree because Thoreau makes it seem as if we are all living the wrong way if we are not living in the woods, and I do agree that we should be aware of all our natural resources we have provided, but i do not think it is necessary to stop everything and move away from civilized land. Other than that Thoreau’s essay got his point across in my mind.

  42. Alexis L.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11
    12/9/12
    S: Henry David Thoreau is speaking in first person throughout the whole narrative.
    O: This narrative was written in 1845-1847, Thoreau argues that living a simpler life is better for people. This was to show that living of the land would have a positive end result, with humans not using excess materials.
    A: This is intended for people who live their lives without knowing that they use an excess amount of materials.
    P: Thoreau is explaining that using unneeded materials for daily life is unnecessary, and that they should either have moderation with the things they use or just use the actual necessities that all people need.
    S: The earth should be taken into consideration when we use material objects throughout the day.
    Tone: Thoreau’s tone changes throughout the narrative, as in some parts he sound very in touch with the wilderness. He can be headstrong, especially when he talks about ” Economy”.
    Reader Response: The reading was very interesting because many of the problems Thoreau talked about were true. Most people are very closed minded when it comes to moderation. We buy things without first thinking if we really need it. This narrative is very eye catching and intriguing.

  43. Jessica A.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP Lang. and Composition, Per. 5
    8 December 2012

    In Henry David Thoreau’s “Where I Lived and What I Lived for,” Thoreau writes to inform and enlighten those individuals who live in a world that moves too quickly. He achieves his purpose by documenting his time at Walden Pond between the years of 1845-1854. He gives concrete examples of how one’s bustling life can contribute to why that individual never really lives. He shows utter praise and love towards Walden Pond, for to him, it acts as a sanctuary away from busy cities and fast-moving lives.
    I highly agree with many of Thoreau’s assertions. First, I agree with his assertion that the news is gossip. Daily news scratches the surface to multiple topics, but to really understand these topics, you have to dig deeper underground. In concurrence with Thoreau’s idea to understand the beauty of life, knowing facts is one step to a better-quality life. Also, I was petrified by Thoreau’s comment about what lies beneath rail road tracks. He noted that beneath the tracks on which we ride on, lie many men who were killed. This statement only justifies his reason for believing that the world is moving too swiftly, and we don’t have any free nature left. I know for a fact that nature is my sanctuary and I would hate for every park in the world to be taken over.

  44. Elisha Hussain
    AP English 11, Period: 5
    Ms. Keeble
    December 9, 2012

    In the essay ” Where I Lived and What I Lived For”, by Henry David Thoreau wrote about how he encountered nature in a different way. The main speaker and narrator was Thoreau himself. This essay was most likely created in the 1800′s. Thoreau was targeting people who weren’t as interested in nature, and trying to get them to experience new things. The main purpose of this essay was to inform others that nature is a better and more simple lifestyle. Throughout this essay Thoreau’s tone is encouraging and persuading.

    This essay was very eye opening and interesting. I honestly never thought that life would be much more simple in nature. I was very shocked to find out that this essay wasn’t how I expected it to be. Meaning that I thought that this essay would’ve just been a documentary, but Thoreau also provided interesting and intriguing examples from daily life that grabbed your attention. This entire essay made me realize that nature is so much more than we think.

  45. Kiloni Driskell
    9 December 2012
    AP English, per 2

    In the essay “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” non-conformist Henry David Thoreau, shares his experiance living in the woods. Thoreau’s tone is didactic and furious trying to explain to his audience the importance of self-reliance and the value of simplicity. Thoreau thinks that the society should minimize the number of distractions and live their life in the time they have.
    I thought Thoreau’s essay was really interesting to read. I understand when he explains how we do not value are life and time and how we spend our time on the little things that are not important. I agree with Thoreau when he says we should live a simple life and we are always buying excessive material. That shows that we are never satisfied. I have been trying new things in the summer cherishing every moment. As long as I have another day to live, I am fine where ever.

  46. Sarai Polanco
    AP English
    Keeble
    9 December 2012

    S: In, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” Henry David Thoreau was expressing how simplicity was key to leisure life.
    O: Thoreau’s decision to live in the woods was rather strange during a time where the life of commodity was a blessing everyone wished to had. Therefore, by his living in the woods Thoreau discovered what necessities really were.
    A: Thoreau’s audience most likely consisted/consists of those people whose only desire was/is to have the latest gadget that will make life easier.
    P:Thoreau’s purpose was to have people realize that our dependence to luxury would eventually lead to a life of rushing, and no peace.
    T:Thoreau’s tone is very reprimanding of the life of luxury, he is urging people to leave the unnecessary behind.

    Overall, I agreed with what Thoreau was saying. Life in the 21st century is none to leisure. It is often too fast paced, never giving anyone the chance to enjoy anything for to long before it changes. Wanting to live in overabundance often does this to people:they work long and hard, but in the end they don’t get to enjoy what they’ve earned because in order to maintain what they want they have to keep working.

  47. David Delgado
    Ms. Keeble
    Period 2
    AP English
    09 December 2012

    Soap Stone: In the essay “Where I Lived , and What I Lived For” the speaker is none other than the author himself Henry David Thoreau. He wrote this wonderful piece of literature in 1817 to argue his choice to live off in the woods. His intended audience are the people who see the woods as a bad place, for people who take nature for granted, and who don’t appreciate the things mother nature has to offer. His purpose if to show that a person doesn’t need to be rich and have a lot of stuff to be happy; a person can simply live an average American life and average American life is simply doing what you love, making a decent salary and having a family. In this essay the reader can definitely hear the author’s voice and it is filled with aggression towards the people. His tone is rather informing but yet angry at the same time.

    Summary: In this essay he argues that people should enjoy the little things in life and not worry about having so much stuff. His purpose is to show people that “living the big life” which is being rich isn’t always going to make you happy money can’t buy happiness. His audience are the people that take what mother nature has to offer for granted. The reason he says this is because he has seen the beauty that mother nature has shown him.

    Response: I found this essay interesting and truthful. Thoreau knew what he was talking about and he wanted to inform the reader on what he experienced. I personally can connect to this because last summer I went on a wilderness for 3 weeks in Colorado and New Mexico. I was separated from technology and all I had were the friends I meet over there. I enjoyed climbing mountains, eating dry food, going to the bathroom outdoors, talking with my friends, and enjoying the beauty of nature. On the last day I was there I didn’t want to go home, I wanted to stay there. I had bonded so much with my friends and mother nature that I cried myself to sleep on the airplane back to California. When I got back I wasn’t the same man I was before the trip, I took mother nature for granted. Form the day I got back forth I have been appreciating everything I have seen and gotten Overall I am happy with my life today.

  48. Tanzeel Hak
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English, Period 2
    9 December 2012

    In the story Where I Lived and What I Lived For, individualist and philosopher, Thoreau Walden has a goal to discover as much as he can about nature. To do this Walden builds a cabin near Concord, Massachusetts away from all materialistic items as it will assure him that his goal is met. Unlike most people, Walden enjoys this experience in Concord. He examines the wildlife, from the plants to animals, for two years. He goes to different ponds and local farms. Walden pays very close attention to how seasons change, specifically he looks at the surrounding, varying from trees, ice, and animals. At one point he hits a road bump, where he gets arrested for not paying a poll tax. All in all, the two year venture goes well as Walden meets a lot of different people.

    The author for this piece of work is Thoreau Walden. His purpose is simply to make us more aware about nature and appreciate it. Walden wants us to think about what’s around us. While the world passes us by everyday, we do not notice much. For example, the seasons changing. We just see it as oh, hey, its cold outside and my car is covered in snow, whereas Walden thinks about what’s really going on, how most of the animals that were present are now gone, the trees no longer have leaves, and the water is frozen. Walden analytically thinks especially when he puts himself far away from materialistic items. He notices a lot of things that we would take for granted. Walden wrote this for the readers, who are living day to day instead of living in the moment. His tone was curious, open minded, and analytical.

  49. Gonzalo Haro

    In “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau talks about how his experience living in the woods helps him understand society better. Thoreau expresses his ideas regarding minimalism, and how doing, and using, only what is necessary, humans can live in harmony with nature. He also shares his personal thoughts on common “necessities” that really aren’t necessities at all. He also suggests greatly minimizing the number of activities and distractions we do during the day, so that life could be lived filled with leisure.

    I thought the essay was great, and I have thought of such things beforehand, so I knew exactly what he was talking about. We spend our days doing a great amount of unnecessary little things, that at the end of it, we end up doing nothing of real value. Making life simpler will make room for doing the things that do no harm to the rest of the world, and relax us. Thoreau expresses that life is to be lived, and I agree with that. With each passing day, we are getting older. So we must try our best to enjoy the time we have left while living a simple life.

  50. Veronica V.
    December 8, 2012
    1st period

    S-Thoreau is mainly talking about how people should live the simple life instead of having luxuries.

    O-This piece was written in 1854, to argue his choice to live out in the woods and how living off the land wouldn’t result to Men having excess materials. The historical content is his experience and way of living is still read today.

    A-The intended audience are those who believe in having excess materials in order to survive and those who take nature for granted.

    P-Thoreau is trying to get his point across to many citizens that living the simple life is the best way to go in order to become happy.

    S-The author’s voice is heard and the reader can detect anger and desperation towards the citizens/economy.

    T-Thoreau is informing those who use excess that they should use less and to focus more on living a happy and self fulling life.

    Summary:
    In, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” by Henry David Thoreau, he argues people should live the simple life without any excess materials. Thoreau’s primary audience are those who are taking what nature has to offer for granted. His purpose is to inform those living with excess materials to live the simple life instead, in order to be happy. Thoreau gains an angry and desperate tone through such phrases as “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” (par. 2) and “Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?” (par. 3).

    Reader Response:
    This reading was very fascinating and intriguing because I thought Thoreau brought up many problems he thought should be addressed. I also agree with him that some people do live with or buy excess materials they most likely won’t use. That’s a waste of money and if it’s excess food they are throwing away, that food could of been useful to someone who’s starving. This kind of reminds me of the material we were learning in History how many people were taking the land for granted and not even recognizing the useful materials lurking around them.

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