Man and Nature in Walden
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2017, Pages: 26-30
Received: May 6, 2017; Accepted: May 15, 2017; Published: Jul. 13, 2017
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Qin Liu, School of Foreign Language, Yancheng Normal University, Yancheng, China
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Since Walden publication, it has been studied from a great variety of perspectives, but these studies mainly focus on Thoreau’s views on nature in general, or his ecological ideas. A detailed and comprehensive study of the animals in Walden is rarely seen. Examining the animals in Walden, this paper intends to probe into Thoreau’s positive philosophy of life. Through a detailed analysis of man-animal relationship in Walden, we are in a better position to understand Thoreau as a realist. His retreat to nature is not an escape, but an attempt to put his belief into practice, aiming to find a model for the harmonious co-existence between man and nature. The record of his simple life in Walden proves that man and nature can live in harmony with each other, and provides a good example for human beings to solve the spiritual and environmental crises.
Walden, Henry David Thoreau, Animal, Realist
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Qin Liu, Man and Nature in Walden, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2017, pp. 26-30. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20170504.11
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