Walden: The Doctrine of Simple Living and High Thinking

  • Mr. Vijay V jotva SET, NET, PhD Scholar, Saurashtra University, Rajkot – 360005 Gujarat (INDIA)


Henry David Thoreau is the most prominent writer of American ‘transcendentalism’. He was
a pioneer and revolutionary writer of his age in many ways. The concepts of the man – nature
relationships, nature and civilization, the binaries of self and society, spiritual progress and
simplicity of life are the most often themes of his literary oeuvre. He was influenced by
Indian philosophical doctrines and believed in the simplicity of life and so his experiments at
the Walden Pond for two years and two months are recorded in his masterpiece Walden or
Life in Woods (1854). It is a kind of memoire of the author which records his day to day
experiences and learning in the natural surroundings of the pond. The present paper analyzes
the doctrine of ‘simple living and high thinking’ in Thoreau’s Walden. Thoreau did not
merely believe in the simplicity but he lived through it and it is recorded in his Walden. This
will be a significant contribution in the overall study of Henry David Thoreau as it will open
up new insights of his character as a writer and a human being

How to Cite
JOTVA, Mr. Vijay V. Walden: The Doctrine of Simple Living and High Thinking. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 7, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <http://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/3188>. Date accessed: 18 mar. 2018.