Walden Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

If you tried to carry out Thoreau's experiment today, would it be possible? Why or why not? Write an essay explaining how our modern society can prevent us from living such a simplified lifestyle. Be sure to include any modern inventions that would actually assist a minimalist lifestyle.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay explaining the individual's responsibility for philanthropy and charity. Be sure to address the following:

1 - Is humankind basically selfish or altruistic?

2 - What responsibilities are required of charitable organizations?

3 - Any charitable causes about which you feel strongly.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about a person of historical significance and compare their philosophies and ideals to that of Thoreau. Be sure to address:

1 - Views on materialism and lifestyle.

2 - Whether or not this person "lived" their own philosophy.

3 - The importance of this person in history and impact upon cultures.

Essay Topic 4

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