"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
-Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau does an excellent job of hooking his readers into Walden. Thoreau composes his introduction with diverse vocabulary, which really brings the piece the life. It also, however, makes the piece much more difficult to comprehend, but I am becoming more intelligent from learning all this new vocabulary. I also believe that Thoreau has some excellent inquiry that he shares in his writing. He talks about how people don't think for themselves enough. He believes that people think more like machines, and he wants that to be different. Despite Thoreau's excellent inquiry, I sometimes disagree with what he writes. He is an extremely daring writer, which is good in some ways, but it also has downsides. Thoreau makes a daring argument regarding elderly people . Criticizing their lives as having been "such miserable failures, for private reasons, as they must believe; and it may be that they have some faith left which belies that experiences, and they are only less young then they were." This argument is not only daring, but just plain stupid because the elderly can be extremely intelligent, and they are often extremely inquisitive. This brings me to my one critique to Thoreau's writing, which is for him to be a little more careful about what he writes. On the flip side, Thoreau's daring writing truly connects to the modern world. As I read through Walden, I have no idea what daring writing to expect next from Thoreau.