Thoreau’s Views on Nature and Reflection on the Current Chinese Ecological
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Walden, written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, is a reflection upon his special days in natural environment. The book shows us Thoreau's experiences over two years in a cabin near Walden Pond. With this special experience and self-reflection, Thoreau gained a more objective understanding of society. As he believed, man and nature should be close friends. Thoreau lived at a time when America’s ecological environment was heavily degraded, which much resembles China’s situation at present. Thus, Thoreau’s views may shed a light on the refinement of Chinese current ecological status. Based on the detailed analysis of Thoreau’ observation and reflection upon nature, this paper also includes practical measures on improving the current Chinese ecological environment.The first part is a brief introduction on the writer Henry David Thoreau, the second part is a detailed analysis of his views on nature, the third part is the introduction of the current ecological status in China, and the following part is recommendations based on Thoreau’s view about nature. The last part is the conclusion of this paper.
Key words: Thoreau, nature, ecological environment, China
摘 要 I
I. Introduction: Henry D. Thoreau 1
II. Introduction of Thoreau’s masterpiece, Walden 2
III. Thoreau and his Nature Views 6
1. Transcendentalism and transcendentalist 6
2. Important events on the formation of Thoreau’s nature views 6
3. Five aspects of Thoreau’s nature views 7