In reading money and work, I learned that Thoreau is a selfish and arrogant writer. In this chapter, most of my class felt that he was bragging about how he could live with the bare minimum. He was bragging about how he built his own house, and he probably dug his own grave he was so proud. I think that Thoreau has some right to be proud, but not brag to the little boy in Belgium centuries later (a young boy in a foreign country who doesn't understand the cliches of the American culture). I can be in the best interests of his readers to try to set all of Thoreau's exclamations of how great he thinks he is. If there is one good thing in this chapter, it's this quote, “to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely; as the pursuits of the simpler nations are still the sports of the more artificial.” It means that we should work ourselves into the ground just to get a material possessions that we think will make us better in the long run, but money doesn't buy happiness.
I enjoyed reading these two short chapters. This passage reminded me that's quality writing need not be lengthy, to be affected. A writer often says more with less. My favorite quote from these two vignettes of chapters was “I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” What I think Thoreau is trying to say is change others perception of you, but do not change your self. This compares to changing who you are to be a part of a certain group, clique or "crew." I believe many relate to this quote even hundred after the book was written on the shores of Walden Pond. In just reading these first few chapters, I have realized how great Thoreau is at connecting with his readers, nor matter if it's across the country, or a thousand years later. His words still stay prevalent in today's world. It's an important part of why Thoreau's work is so famous, it's because every one can relate to what he writes. I think that if Hank hadn't mastered that trait, he would not have become as famous as he is. If there is one crucial idea to take away from these chapter, it's that you should change the outside of yourself, but not the inside.
I am very excited to start reading and loving great American Literature like Walden. The Introduction was very informative on where Henry David Thoreau wants this book to go. And who he want to read it. Henry David Thoreau want this book to reach out to all of the people that aren't live their lives like the want to. He wants this book to go to all around the world ans reach out to every who has ever wanted more than what they have. My favorite quote from this first chapter is when Thoreau says that everyone that isn't doing what the want to in life, they are like machines. I think that Thoreau will be one of my favorite writes and authors that I have read in my time at Fenn. I hope that I will like this classic more than I liked The Odyssey. I like "true" writing better than I like poetry, generally.
I am ready and excited to begin this decade old trek.