Document Type

Sophomore Honorable Mention

Award Date

Fall 2011

Course Name

Literary Explorations 1


Dr. Adam Kotlarczyk


Nature is the source of humanity’s wisdom and philosophy. In his book Walden, Henry David Thoreau mentioned nature almost constantly, which is fitting because his writing includes him immersing himself in nature for “two years and two months” (Thoreau 827). When he became more involved and intimate with nature, he managed to escape bustling society and look at it from a new perspective, which enabled him to criticize it. This new perspective makes Walden a controversial read, especially for the time it was written. Thoreau fearlessly challenged himself to see the natural world as it actually was, and to immerse himself in nature so he could reap the benefits.