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Walden Literary Analysis Paragraph

Isaac Ostrow Literary Analysis Paragraph Walden: Economy4/13/18 True Charity An explication of the theme of false philanthropy in Walden “Be sure that you give the poor the aid they most need, though it be your example which leaves them far behind.” Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life. In the chapter Economy by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau chastises so-called philanthropists who do not truly help those in need. In fact, Thoreau is so certain in the basis of his conviction that he nearly constantly emphasizes self-reliance in his own life throughout Economy. Pondering the poor Irish ice workers, one who has happened to fall through the ice specifically, Thoreau offered him garments and a place to warm the himself. When the ice worker strips down his many layers, Thoreau realizes the futility of what he’s done. In a critical moment, he professes: “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.” {Fitz’s Walden, The Fallacy of Philanthropy.} Even though Thoreau has gone on many a fruitless tirade on the charitable, he makes a good point; for it is better to teach a man to fish than catch... Read more →


Walden Literary Analysis Paragraph

Isaac Ostrow Literary Analysis Paragraph Walden: Economy4/13/18 True Charity An explication of the theme of false philanthropy in Walden “Be sure that you give the poor the aid they most need, though it be your example which leaves them far behind.” Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life. In the chapter Economy by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau chastises so-called philanthropists who do not truly help those in need. In fact, Thoreau is so certain in the basis of his conviction that he nearly constantly emphasizes self-reliance in his own life throughout Economy. Pondering the poor Irish ice workers, one who has happened to fall through the ice specifically, Thoreau offered him garments and a place to warm the himself. When the ice worker strips down his many layers, Thoreau realizes the futility of what he’s done. In a critical moment, he professes: “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.” {Fitz’s Walden, The Fallacy of Philanthropy.} Even though Thoreau has gone on many a fruitless tirade on the charitable, he makes a good point; for it is better to teach a man to fish than catch... Read more →


Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay Life is fleeting. It is to be enjoyed.~Tori Amos All pleasure in life is ephemeral. In the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay, by Robert Frost, Frost connects the short-lived New England springs to the fleeting senses of euphoria in life. There is no guarantee that pleasure will last, and when it does not, the antithesis of joy may come in its place: “Then leaf subsides to leaf, so Eden sank to grief” [Line 5-6, Nothing Gold Can Stay] Frost tells his short story in a poem chronologically, starting at the beginning of spring. “Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold.” [Line 1-2, Nothing Gold Can Stay] After the flowers and trees bud, Frost conjures images of young spring flowers. Like the tulip sprouting from the near-frozen ground in late march, joy, in whatever form it may take, may be puny and insignificant. As dawn goes down to day, pleasure sinks to content, and further to melancholy. Frost’s poem is a poignant reminder to savor the moment, delivered in eight brief lines. Nothing gold can stay, but this poem will. Leaves will fade, wilt, and glide down into their grave. But, as always, life will begin anew. By Isaac Ostrow & Cam Fries Read more →


An Exploration into The Call of The Wild Those days which are the hardest are the most impactful Life is ride of ups and downs on the biggest rollercoaster, happiness, then sadness, luck, then misfortune everyone will experience this ride, and so did I. While reading The Call of the Wild, my emotions were up and down as dogs died and people stole. And all the while Buck’s ride was wild too. As I read this book Jack London painted a perfect adventure fiction book that really made me invested into this book. In this story Jack London is try to explain how life can lead you into unexpected places, and sometimes if you embrace them you will be in a better place. London wielded Buck as a swordsman uses a sword, or a blacksmith his hammer. He used Buck to give parallel to the human world from the dog world, because of their natural instinct. London wrote this because he wanted someone like me to be moved to embrace the future rather than resist and regret the past. Buck was horrified when he was taken away from his home and was so depressed and deprived. His pride and body were dragged through the mud and spit out in Alaska, in the cold north. As mankind went feverishly mad over the yellow rocks that could be found there and would bring fortune, dogs where needed to pull sleds to facilitate them. Mans greed made so many dogs be stolen or... Read more →