Essay on Henry David Thoreau And Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Society is a trap that has a hold of everyone. It fears originality and creativity so instead it wants everybody to look the same and act the same. Nonconformity is the only way to break free from this trap. The beliefs of transcendentalism discourages conforming to the trap of society. Transcendentalism is the idea that in order to learn about God and other things in the universe people must “transcend” earthly experiences to learn more about nature. Transcendentalists believe everyone is connected by an over-soul and that God is within every living thing. Transcendentalism has five main core beliefs. Non conformity is one of them along with confidence, self-reliance, free thought and also the importance of nature. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were both avid followers of the transcendentalist movement. Henry David Thoreau was an average student at Harvard that later worked as a teacher before becoming a protégé of Emerson and following the idea of transcendentalism. Ralph Waldo Emerson also graduated from Harvard and is considered to be the father of transcendentalism. He became a famous lecturer about transcendentalism and wrote many essays over the topic. Self-Reliance, which is a famous essay by Emerson, describes how men should act to become more self-reliant. He also explains in this essay the happiness and freedom that comes with being independent and the importance of being individual. Walden, a famous essay by Thoreau is a diary about his life while…

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