Sample Essay

The reason of Thoreau’s going into the wild was, comments David Kirby, to ‘get away from a society that supported the Mexican war’. Kirby’s claim is refuted on the ground that Thoreau himself expressed his reason for going into the wild at the end of eight chapter where he writes that he went to the woods to escape the ‘desperate odd-fellow society’ of his time (Thoreau). ‘Going into wilderness calls upon’ man to ‘sort out’ what is truly necessary and ‘to presumably simplify’ lives by getting close to nature (Bennett, 170).

After many years ‘Thoreau’s meditation remains the ultimate self help book’ as he wrote about his reason for going into the wild, ‘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’, Thoreau left for Walden Pond to ‘find himself’ (Richardson). He announced openly that ‘in wildness is the preservation of the world’ (Thoreau). Ike, the protagonist of ‘The Bear’, goes into the wild mainly for hunting Old Ben. While the story does not simply tell the story of the hunting of the bear, but the author represents his profound themes through the apparently simple story of hunting. Ike has a heavy cumber with which he goes to the woods, that is to rid the curse of his forefather that hovers over his life.

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