As a Writer of an Autobiography About Life in the Woods, Would You Spend More Pages Describing an Ant War or Loons? Why?

Well from reading the title above you must be quite confused, I mean an ant war and loons? It doesn’t make much sense. To explain this, for the past few weeks I have been reading the autobiography Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, which has been a very confusing and absurd read. The autobiography itself is about Thoreau’s life in the “woods,” or “outside of society,” on Walden pond. But most of the book contains very cringe worthy descriptions on random things, and unusual points that contradict each other. One part of the book in particular contained descriptions on two groups of ants who were fighting each other, hence the ant war. A little later on in the book you will find another set of descriptions, this time on loons. With this being said, would I spend more pages describing an ant war or loons?

Even though an ant war and loons would be an absurd and ridiculous way to fill some pages of your autobiography, because it has nothing to do with your life whatsoever, this actually gave a bit of a break in the book Walden. Before these topics were mentioned in the book, the book was full of unusual points that made little sense, making it irritating to read. But the pages and descriptions of an ant war and loons were not the worst to read, definitely better than some of the things I have read so far in the book. 

But would I spend pages of my autobiography on an ant war or loons? No, absolutely not. This sort of topic has no use to me, and I have little interest in it. Also I believe most people would think similarly on the matter. There is no need in my opinion. But because this is not a proper answer to the question above, I will state this, I would only supply a page at the maximum on these topics. I believe a page would satisfy enough descriptions to properly describe these events without overly boring the reader. With that being stated I would say that I would spend a little more book space on the topic of loons, just because they interest me a tad more. 

In conclusion, my answer to the matter of would I spend more pages on an ant war or loons, is that I would never mention either in my autobiography; but if I was forced to do so I would supply a small bit more book space on the topic of loons. This is an example of why reading Walden has been an adventure to read. If only Thoreau had described or written about topics that actually made sense, or made an understandable point, instead of writing about topics like ants and loons, Walden may have been a readable autobiography that made sense.

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