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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Based on the preceding passage, what literary device supports Thoreau's purpose for going to the woods?


Antithesis. Thoreau juxtaposes the concepts of death and life to contrast the ideas and define his conceptualization of truly living, that is finding the essentials and living deliberately.


Alliteration. Thoreau reminds the reader of the importance of the connectedness of why he went to the woods


Hyperbole. Thoreau uses an over exaggeration for going to the woods. The purpose of hyperbolic language is to encourage the reader to pursue their own purpose.


Metonymy. Thoreau uses the term "woods" as a substitution of his ideal world; the uncultivated world of non conformity.


Allusion. Thoreau refers to the woods as a garden of Eden. Before sin and before the fall of man.

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