Thursday, April 5, 2012
What are the shortcomings?
Thoreau presented his opinions directly and as if only his opinions were right. After a while, it felt like he wasn't only stating his beliefs, but criticizing others unlike his own. Like when he met the Irish family in the shed. He spent most the time preaching to them about pulling their lives together economically, accusing them of being inherently Irish poor, and deeming them a lost cause in the end. He also made a lesson out of everything. Which is understandable, considering he lived in practically solidarity for over two years. He probably went a little crazy within that time. And don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with presenting a life lesson in every aspect of life. It just seemed overbearing after a while. The most important lessons lost significance because there were too many to keep track off, similar to the way that cliche phrases lose their meaning.