“Meet Mr. Thoreau” The Social Critic
LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE
1) What was his main argument? Why did he see American life as lacking in principle?
-His best, most significant lines?
-What lines or passages didn’t you understand?
2. Is his analysis of American society still relevant today or is it obsolete?
Did you find yourself disagreeing with him? Do you feel the essay has personal application to your own life
3. How would you define a life with principle? What does it mean to be “pure”? Would your definitions differ from his?
4. Is you community, family, and school preparing you for a “principled life” as you define it?
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