Binary Organization in Thoreau's "Walden"
But Walden is so much more than the story of one man’s retreat into the woods to ‘transact some private business.’ Thoreau’s disarming directness and naturalistic style aside, Walden not an incidental text. With extensive revisions, distilling a little over two years into one, every chapter, sentence and word of Walden has a purpose and place.
I’m very, very troubled”. He knew his problems. It wasn’t ignorance that killed him, Treadwell merely killed himself. Treadwell may just have been the true modern Transcendentalist.
This realization unites him to the natural world around him physically. Thoreau not only professes a metaphysical oneness with nature, but also believes that man too is made of the same material as plants and animals, and so cannot profess his superiority over nature. Man has historically established his hegemonic superiority over the natural world. Thoreau, like William Bertram, shows that man’s claim to superiority is a figment of his creation and does not confer to the natural laws devised by God.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and COmpany, 1882. Print.