What effect does the 1st person point of view have on the first sentence of this section?

Comes from Where I Lived, And What I Lived For

First sentence of the section im asking about starts with "...I went to the woods because"

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First person point of view is especially when one is narrating the events in one's own life. From the very beginning, we know where Thoreau is "coming from" and why he took on this experiment that might seem strange to some people. While the first person narrator can sometimes be unreliable, this is not fiction and so does not have the same quality of unreliability that a short story might. We want to get to know this author because he wants to let us know him.