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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?

A

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.

B

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

C

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.

D

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

E

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

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