Thoreau’s Walden: A Study through General Semantics’ Elements

  • Pratiksha N. Chavada PhD Scholar, Deptt. of English & CLS, Saurashtra University, Rajkot – 360005


The present paper aspires to interpret Henry David Thoreau’s essay Walden through the elements of General Semantics with the special reference of structural differential process. It mainly focuses on the ideas and philosophies of Thoreau through which he tried to raise his voice against slavery and government. Thoreau was a transcendentalist and abolitionist who believe in simple living and high thinking which thoroughly represented in his work Walden; hence it is interesting to study his work through the process of structural differential and other devices i.e. non-Aristotelian system, extensional devices, time-binding, etc.  General Semantics is a process-oriented problem solving system that trains individuals to make their language and thinking more relative to objective reality in order to better evaluate and understand the world (Levinson, 3), therefore it is out of the ordinary to study Thoreau’s thinking ability and his principles through it and give a new interpretation to the work. His idea of civil disobedient which is the ultimate result of his experience in jail for not paying the tax can be evaluate more precisely through the elements of general semantics. Thus, the present paper aims to examine the work of Thoreau through the elements of general semantics. 

How to Cite
CHAVADA, Pratiksha N.. Thoreau’s Walden: A Study through General Semantics’ Elements. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 8, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 mar. 2018.