It can't be "Thoreau lived during the Transcendentalist movement." There is nothing to prove, because that's a... Make sure the final punctuation of the thesis is not a question mark.Additionally, it needs to be a statement that argues something.His family was fairly well off economically, as they owned one of the premier pencil-making factories in the nation.
It can't be "Thoreau lived during the Transcendentalist movement." There is nothing to prove, because that's a... Make sure the final punctuation of the thesis is not a question mark.Additionally, it needs to be a statement that argues something.
As a unique American who did not need materialism, Henry David Thoreau valued free thought, self-reliance and the importance of nature. I have included some enotes links below that may help.
Another possible thesis statement: Henry David Thoreau was an unconventional, anti-materialist writer who advocated the power of free thought and meditated on the importance of nature in building not only self-reliance, but also individual conscience and self-actualization.
It can't be "Thoreau lived during the Transcendentalist movement." There is nothing to prove, because that's a statement of fact.
The other thing that I would consider with the thesis statement is whether or not you want the thesis statement to be a positive argument about Thoreau or a negative argument against Thoreau and his worldview.
Written during his time at Walden Pond, the book ostensibly chronicles the trip Thoreau and his brother John took in 1839.
But Thoreau uses their journey both to mourn and remember his brother and to explore the philosophical and social questions at the core of his thought, the relationship between the self and nature, the history of Euro-American exploitation of American nature and its native inhabitants, and the connection between specific locales and times and the eternal and the universal.
Early on, Thoreau came under the influence of Emerson and the transcendentalist circle, publishing essays and poetry in edited by Emerson and Margaret Fuller in the early 1840s, and living with Emerson from 1841 to 1843.
While Emerson’s influence can be felt in many of Thoreau’s writings, their relationship was not always easy and Thoreau departs from Emerson in significant ways.
However, it links the rejection of materialism to these three discussions by making clear their relationship: Thoreau rejects materialism I think your thesis is a good one.
I would only revise it to say: Henry David Thoreau was not like an average American because he was not materialistic which is shown in his value of free thought, importance of nature, and self-reliance.