A Man of Nature

Henry Thoreau attempted to confront the problem and solve the enigma of how one might earn a living and yet not become an ignominious slave to the task. He viewed the industrial revolution with antipathy. Man in a servile role to extraneous possessions was a main target of his writings. He believed that one could attain genuine wealth not by accumulating objects or money, but through enjoyment and perusal of nature. By his own polition he gave up friends and conforts for a two year sojourn by himself at Walden Pond. What others might judge as penury, was seen by Thoreau as the epitome of wealth.

  • confront – menghadapi, meet (someone) face to face with hostile or argumentative intent
  • enigma – teka teki, a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.
  • earn – mendapat bayaran/gaji
  • ignominious – memalukan, tercela, deserving or causing public disgrace or shame.
  • servile – seperti budak,¬†of or characteristic of a slave or slaves.
  • extraneous – asing, yg tidak ada hubungannya, irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with.
  • perusal – pembacaan dgn teliti, the action of reading or examining something.
  • sojourn – persinggahan, stay somewhere temporarily.
  • penury – kemiskinan, kekurangan
  • epitome – a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type, lambang, simbol

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