Ike’s experience of the wilderness’ is vividly drawn in ‘The Bear’ (Meeter, 289). The ‘wilderness is doomed’ and ‘hunt itself does not recreate that Edenic state of brotherhood that Ike imagines’ (Meeter, 291). The reason for which Thoreau built his abode on Walden Pond was ‘to conduct an experiment in simple living, to live a life according to nature and to determine the real necessities of life’ (Richardson). As Thoreau himself said that ‘it would be some advantage to live a primitive and frontier life, though in the midst of an outward civilization’ (Thoreau).
In ‘Walden’ Thoreau reminiscences of his life in the woods as when he wrote the pages he ‘lived alone, in the woods’ while ‘at present I am a sojourner in civilized life again’ (Thoreau, 01). Thoreau ‘articulated the dream of self reliance and renewing our bond with nature’ and the ‘themes’ of ‘getting away’ from nature and then ‘returning’ to it and ‘proving that we have the inner sources’ (intuition) to ‘get along on our own’ are echoed in Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ to Faulkner’s ‘The Bear’ (Bennett, 170). Faulkner’s story ‘reawakens’ the ‘American belief in an American Adam and Eden’ whether Adam is ‘Thoreau on Walden Pond’ or John Muir in Yosemite (Meeter, 289). Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ remains a ‘practical, usable manual on how to lead a good, just life’ (Richardson). Another thing that is similar in the two works is that a narrative instinct in found in the works of Faulkner and Thoreau.
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