"I studied rather how to avoid the necessity of selling them..."
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This short story about the Indian can be considered a parable because Thoreau is using it to illustrate a moral lesson. The story represents how being a part of society means that society dictates the kind of work someone does. This is limiting according to Thoreau. His message is to avoid conforming to society's expectations and seek more meaningful work for oneself.
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