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I'm reading Thoreau's "Where I lived and What I lived For-"Solitude and Conclusion."

I don't understand how to answer this question.

What does he compare man and his life to?
Thank you

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    After I posted the question I went back and reread the one part. Does he compare man and himself to ants and like pygmies we fight with cranes?

    Correct or not?

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    Yes, I think you're right:

    "Still we live meanly, like ants; though the fable tells us that we were long ago changed into men; like pygmies we fight with cranes; it is error upon error, and clout upon clout, and our best virtue has for its occasion a superfluous and evitable wretchedness. Our life is frittered away by detail."

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    Thank you-I reposted a new post so please disregard it-thank you again

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