Literary Analysis 2
"Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind."
Why would someone focus on what they want, when they should be focusing on what they need? Throughout “Necessities” in “Economy” in “Walden”, by Henry David Thoreau, The importance of focusing on at least the basic necessities of life is greatly emphasized. Thoreau commonly refers to what it takes to get through life. He mentions that people focus on luxuries and overlook what they really need.
Primerely throughout the “Necessities” section in Thoreau's essay “Economy”, Thoreau states that a person can isolate them self from society and live off of merely what they need; food, shelter, and clothing. Thoreau argues that this is a much better way of living than trying to onbtain all sorts of unnecessary luxurious wonders that will become addicting. Instead, Thoreau states that people should focus on obtaining more important resources. These resources are food, water, shelter, and clothing. “Yet men have come to such a pass that they frequently starve, not for want of necessaries, but for want of luxuries” Here Thoreau is emphasizing the importance of obtaining the basic necssities in life; he is telling us that no human being needs anything more than food, water, shelter, and clothing. This necessities theme that comes up throughout “Economy” does relate to the life of someone in the modern age to some extent, but not completely. Even during Thoreau's time, Thoreau's life approach still doesn't make sense. Thoreau's concept of focusing on the basic essentials in life is understandable, but what is hard to understand is his approach of abbandoning luxuries. Why would anyone isolate themself from society? Why would anyone abandon all the opportunities that come with living in a community. Throughout Economy, Thoraeu looks into everything a man really needs, but after people have obtained these basic life necessities, which are extremely important, it is important that they expand their horizons.