a fame won by his own deeds

arietenata

Senior Member
italian
Hi there,

See how he cowers and sneaks, how vaguely all the day he fears, not being immortal nor divine, but the slave and prisoner of his own opinion of himself, a fame won by his own deeds.
Walden


I need to make sure if I understood the meaning of the highlighted part correctly or not.

Does it mean that this being prisoner of his own opinion of himself brought him a fame which is not necessarily a good one? and if so, I still don't get the concept!!

I have a feeling that it's not correct.:confused:

Help me please.

 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    The idea seems to be that his opinion of himself is an opinion that he has derived from his observation of his own deeds. It's not really "famous" in the ordinary sense of "familiar to a lot of people."
     
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