Summarizing Thoreau’s “Autumnal Tints”

Thoreau’s “autumnal Tints” celebrates something in nature that humans in their simple minded ways over look, this being the change that occurs to trees in the month of october and november. Thoreau attributes this ignorance of man to be due to a carnivorous life style. Humans, Thoreau feels do not appreciate the beauty in plants unless they are beneficial to them such can be seen with his purple grass example he constantly refers to man overlooking said grass, referring to man as walkers who destroy said grass by use of feet or lawnmower. Thoreau also uses himself as an example speaking of the many seasons which he himself neglected to notice the beauty of the grasses surrounding him. The essay uses descriptions of various plants and grass to draw attention to what emerson feels is seen as dull through the unenlightened humans eyes. The processes that happen to plants at different stages of the fall is laid out so the individual   is no longer blinded like Thoreau once was before realizing the beauty in plants. The individual is left to feel for the plants which are not appreciated through Thoreau giving them human characteristics referring to plants as soldiers crossing their arms standing at attention or as voyagers taking a journey with him.


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