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The irony of "Simplify, simplify"

WALDEN-GEERBY

After reading Walden, what is ironic about Thoreau's statement, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify”?

A

Ironic because Thoreau admonishes those that do not look deeply into every detail of life.

B

Ironic because of the exhaustive attention to detail in his retelling of several of his profound learning experiences.

C

ironic, because Thoreau lives a contemplative life in constant thought about his next life's journey.

D

Ironic, because The discussion of simplicity is so elevated, in prose, that it is inaccessible to common people.

E

Ironic, because frittered is a complicated and negatively connotative word.