One quote that Thoreau says is, “A man who has at length found something to do will not need to get a new suit to do it in; for him the old will do…Old shoes will serve a hero longer than they have served his valet—if a hero ever has a valet—bare feet are older than shoes, and he can make them do.” What Thoreau is saying is that you should be able to do what you love, how you love, and your clothes do not matter. I agree with him in this aspect, and it has made me question why we have a dress code at Fenn. At Fenn we try to be as respectful and helpful as we can be to the less fortunate, or the people that need our support. When we are in dress code, it makes me feel as if we are telling the less fortunate that we are some sort of better class then them. Unless people are trying to associate themselves as the more capable or wealthy people, there is no reason for a dress code. At Fenn we do not try to associate ourselves in that way, so I think that the dress code is just a useless trap.
It is also true that clothes are very similar, but it is judged by who it is made from. Thoreau says, “The manufacturers have learned that this taste is merely whimsical. Of two patterns which differ only by a few threads more or less of a particular color, the one will be sold readily, the other lie on the shelf, though it frequently happens that after the lapse of a season the latter becomes the most fashionable,” which shows his proof that all clothes are practically the same. For some reason, the season, brand, or style can change a similar item of clothing to a item that sits on the shelves.
Thoreau also brings up a valuable point about shelter. He says, “At last, we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think. From the hearth the field is a great distance.” To me this means, a house takes you away from nature, and although some of them are beautiful the beauty is truly in nature itself. He backs this up once again by saying, “Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots." Thoreau is saying that having shelter is a necessity, and he understands that, but the beauty should not be focused on the house. To truly experience beauty, you need to see nature, and building a house of any size takes away from it. Thoreau also says that, “I would rather ride on earth in an ox cart, with a free circulation, than go to heaven in the fancy car of an excursion train and breathe a malaria all the way.” He is trying to express that the simplicity of life is so much more valuable and important than receiving the "disease" of people trying to be wealthy and fancy.
From what I have read, Walden has been a really fascinating book to read. I really like how Thoreau express his opinion in ways that makes you find the meaning. I have agreed with many opinions of his, and I feel that this book is a valuable way to learn about your life