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Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.

What is the purpose of the rhetorical device used in the preceding quote?


The paradox reinforces Thoreau’s view: to find yourself, you need to be lost.


The antithesis encourages the reader to understand the importance of losing oneself in the woods in effort to find our place in society.


The oxymoron is a reoccurring thought by Thoreau; to find total happiness you must completely lose previous self and live simply.


The anaphora “lost” establish the importance of losing your identity will help you gain contentment.


The analogy asserts Thoreau’s claim, one must excuse themselves from society to find themselves in nature.

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