Henry David Thoreau: Transcendentalism

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A particular attitude toward or a way of regarding something is known as perspective. When it comes to perspective on life most people have a group or code of beliefs they follow. During the mid-eighteenth to nineteenth century many brilliant minds came to surface as the faces of many different social movements. One of these brilliant minds was a man known as Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau was an American essayist whose brilliant works are still popular among the people of today. In his time, his works of literature were his way of expressing his outlook on life and the morals he believed. There were many social movements surrounding Thoreau that inspired his works. In particular, he was part of a movement known as transcendentalism. Transcendentalism, …show more content…
He used his influence an American essayist, poet, and a practical philosopher to gain followers. Thoreau was a family man, growing up with siblings and hard working parents. As a boy Thoreau witnessed the same daily economic struggles within his family. His father worked as a storekeeper and a pencil making business owner while his siblings focused on being his teacher throughout his early years. Thoreau got a glimpse at an early age of what it meant to be narrow minded. He witnessed his family’s singular drive of attaining money to better them off with finances. With Thoreau being the brightest of the children, his family helped him attend Harvard where he would struggle to distinguish himself. Years later after his brother passed away, Thoreau would change his life by befriending a man by the name of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson would quickly begin to influence Thoreau to transcendentalism. Emerson exposed him to the idea over spiritual matters over the physical world. Acting as his friend and mentor he helped Thoreau write one of his first transcendentalist writings, Nature. Thoreau would soon build on a house on Emerson’s property at a place called Walden Pond. Here is where Thoreau would break away from the reality in order to achieve a simpler life. This is the place where Thoreau would draft one of his most well-known works,

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