Social Sensitivity

A few of North’s remarks in the book seem directed exclusively to young males, but this does not occur so frequently that readers of both sexes cannot relate to Thoreau’s life and philosophy. Thoreau was a man of great conscience who was deeply concerned with the ills that plagued the society of his day, and North objectively and thoroughly recounts his subject’s responses to social problems, particularly Thoreau’s involvement in the abolitionist movement. North portrays Thoreau’s love of solitude not so much as antisocial behavior but as evidence of his strong bond with the natural world. Overall, readers should find a positive example in Thoreau’s strong principles and abiding respect for the worth of the individual.

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