Spring, Walden, Thoreau


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This is just a short annotation of Henry David Thoreau's Walden. This is on the chapter, Spring, which is about Thoreau watching Walden Pond start melting and how wild life is coming back. In this presentation we talk about Nature, Transcendentalism, Science, and Philosophy

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Spring, Walden, Thoreau

  1. 1. “Spring” from Walden By: Rajan, Traemar, Krishna, and Amith Ms. Mathews Period 3
  2. 2. Spring………. • was written by Henry David Thoreau • was written in 1888 • is found in Thoreau’s Walden www.hdwallpapers3d.co m
  3. 3. Nature marathi.wunderground.com
  4. 4. http://www.anotherpartofme.co m “The cracking and booming of the ice indicate a change of temperature.”
  5. 5. www.joelwilmoth.co m
  6. 6. www.goldmanprize.org
  7. 7. Transcendentalism Transcendentalism is about how your thoughts and spirituality are more important than ordinary human experiences. It is an offshoot of Romanticism but it has a couple of differences like views on God and http://intothewildtranscendentalism.weebl y.com/transcendentalism.html http://www.transcendentalists.com/1thorea.html Basic Beliefs of Transcendentalism are: ● Quest for Truth ● Individualism ● Strong connection of Nature ● Dislike for Materialism ● Must rely on Intuition ● Self-reliance
  8. 8. Transcendentalism in ‘Spring’ In the 3rd paragraph he talks about living in the woods In the 4th paragraph he talks about a man and his connection to nature Mans connection to Spring Using science to understand what is happening Paragraph 7 is about expressing that everything is important Paragraph 8 is connecting humans to nature Paragraph 9 is about how materialism is nothing compared to the spirtuality of nature Paragraph 13 is about how he strives for growth
  9. 9. What is Science? -Science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/science http://researchmeth.wikispaces.com/Qualitative+Research
  10. 10. Science in Relation to Nature - Throughout “Spring”, there are a myriad of references to the changes that occur in nature which are able to be explained scientifically. - Scientific relations aid in making clear and logical explanations to the phenomena that occur throughout each season. -Henry David Thoreau alludes to a plethora of scientific aspects in order to enhance his descriptions of Spring throughout Walden.
  11. 11. Science in “Spring” - “In spring the sun not only exerts an influence through the increased temperature of the air and earth, but its heat passes through ice a foot or more thick, and is reflected from the bottom in shallow water, and so also warms the water and melts the under side of the ice, at the same time that it is melting it more directly above, making it uneven, and causing the air bubbles which it contains to extend themselves upward and downward until it is completely honeycombed, and at last disappears suddenly in a single spring rain. -Imagery; draws vivid picture of process
  12. 12. Science in “Spring” - “The day is an epitome of the year. The night is the winter, the morning and evening are the spring and fall, and the noon is the summer.” - Refers to seasons in nature to describe Walden Pond. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Walden_Pond.jpg
  13. 13. Science in “Spring” - The pond began to boom about an hour after sunrise, when it felt the influence of the sun's rays slanted upon it from over the hills; it stretched itself and yawned like a waking man with a gradually increasing tumult, which was kept up three or four hours. It took a short siesta at noon, and boomed once more toward night, as the sun was withdrawing his influence. -Personification and similes to intertwine nature with science.
  14. 14. Science in “Spring” - “I am on the alert for the first signs of spring, to hear the chance note of some arriving bird, or the striped squirrel's chirp, for his stores must be now nearly exhausted, or see the woodchuck venture out of his winter quarters.” - Birds, squirrels, and woodchucks are known to emerge to mark beginning of Spring (Proven through Scientific Observation).
  15. 15. Science in “Spring” -Duck Hunting example -Shows how nature plays tricks on even the most intelligent men. - Thoreau delights at the various colors of sand as he sees them as vegetation. -Relation between innate objects into beautiful, luscious pieces of the world. -He compares man to a "mass of thawing clay," with fingers and toes as leaves and the ear as a lichen. -Thoreau enjoys the "forms which this molten earth flows into."
  16. 16. Rebirth - Overall theme is rebirth -Walden was dead in the Winter and is reborn in the Spring -The rebirth of the pond symbolizes the rebirth of Thoreau's spirit. -Thoreau feels that old grudges should be abandoned and old sins forgiven in this time of renewed life. http://george.loper.org/interests/housing/thero/thoreau.html
  17. 17. Thoreau’s Philosophy ❖ In Walden, Thoreau urged the need of spiritual rebirth for mankind. ❖ Thoreau’s influence of this came through the pond’s emergence of spring from winter. http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2006/RainyDayTrips/Wa ldenPond/GreatBlueHeronBig.jpg
  18. 18. Philosophy in “Spring” “In a pleasant spring morning all men's sins are forgiven. Such a day is a truce to vice. While such a sun holds out to burn, the vilest sinner may return. Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors. You may have known your neighbor yesterday for a thief, a drunkard, or a sensualist, and merely pitied or despised him, and despaired of the world; but the sun shines bright and warm this first spring morning, recreating the world, and you meet him at some serene work, and see how it is exhausted and debauched veins expand with still joy and bless the new day, feel the spring influence with the innocence of infancy, and all his faults are forgotten.” http://www.stakeholdergroup.com/wp- content/uploads/2010/11/group-hug.jpg
  19. 19. Philosophy in “Spring” “I have penetrated to those meadows on the morning of many a first spring day, jumping from hummock to hummock, from willow root to willow root, when the wild river valley and the woods were bathed in so pure and bright a light as would have waked the dead, if they had been slumbering in their graves, as some suppose. There needs no stronger proof of immortality. All things must live in such a light. O Death, where was thy sting? O Grave, where was thy victory, then.”
  20. 20. Philosophy in “Spring” “Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness — to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.”
  21. 21. Philosophy in “Spring” “We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.”