Compare And Contrast The Relationship Between Man And Nature In Emerson And Thoreau

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Man and Nature were always linked together right from the beginning of time. Men depend for their livelihood on nature and this is why people give a lot of importance to nature ultimately leading to the protection of nature by men. The common understanding of men is that they protect nature but on the other hand nature also shapes the life of man so man and nature stands at an equal position. Ralph Waldo Emerson born on 25th May, 1803 and died on 27th April and Henry David Thoreau who was born on 12th July 1817 and died in 6th May 1862 were both born in Massachusetts were friends and Thoreau was influenced by Emerson. Nature according to Emerson should be given importance since man has to ...view middle of the document...

People judge a man and the man thinks that men are right about their judgment and this is what make man a mere puppet. A young mind is an innocent individual but time and nature spares no man and he is taught the importance of nature with time. Nature to a scholar should mean more than what it means to a mere man because a scholar seeks his inspiration from nature and this is what creates a man to becoming a creator. A scholar is remembered for what he writes, if a scholar never wrote something worth reading then he will long be forgotten but an idle man no matter how hard he had worked in his farmland he will still be forgotten because working in the field is a mere man’s doing.
Thoreau points out that nature is important but what he is trying to say is that man is equally important and that things will not work on its own if human interference is not there. Human interference is not always seen as a positive attitude by Thoreau because all the problems in the world arise because of human is what he is trying to say. In ‘Walden’ Thoreau points out that the complications in life and nature are all results of men but on the bright side nature will not give men answers if men don’t look for it. If man only noticed realities and never try to look beyond what they are shown by nature then life can be compared to the Arabian Nights and fairy tales (Where I lived, and what I lived...

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