Consider the nature of the pond. Why is it the center of Thoreau's life? How does it help him see the world?
While the pond is not the literal center of Thoreau's life in the woods, much of his living and daily routine centers around the pond. It provides his water and a source for bathing, food, and recreation. The pond endlessly entertains, fascinates, and restores Thoreau. He sees the water's surface as an ideal mirror, reflecting the person looking into the pond and the world around the pond. Its ecosystems also reveal many natural laws to the writer, modeling how to live in harmony with nature.
What contrast does Thoreau make in Chapters 9 and 10? Why does...
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