Individualism And Transcendentalism

1378 Words 6 Pages
In the late 1820’s a spiritual movement known as Transcendentalism began to take the literary world by storm. The main ideas of Transcendentalism were a strong connection to the natural world, idealism, individualism, and intuition. Transcendentalism is the belief in the idea that human ideals can transcend or go beyond the natural world. Many writers try to write based on a simpler life, spirituality, and going beyond the natural world as we see it however, there was no scientific evidence going into their writing leading to the argument that this type of literary work is not correct.
Henry David Thoreau was one of many writers in a group known as the “Transcendental Club”. This club include the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote the iconic
…show more content…
Transcendental writers were against organized religion and politics due to them being corrupt. This is where “Self Reliance” by Emerson came to effect. The core transcendentalist writers wanted to break off from organized religion while keeping religious and spiritual values. “The Transcendentalists set themselves against what they considered to be materialism, conformity, and played out liberalism.”(Timko) Many think that transcendentalists broke off from religion completely. However that belief is far from true. Transcendentalists kept practicing their religion. “There is no doubt that spirituality and religious behavior of some kind of extremely powerful and, it appears necessary parts of the human …show more content…
Cell phones, computers, and televisions are a crucial part of our lives in the world today. It is not difficult to know what is going on in other parts of the world. It is possible to find out pieces of information almost instantly with the click of a button. Back in the 1800’s, it might not have been difficult to find yourself beyond the natural world but today due to the increase of technology it is harder to transcend limits. Lastly, Transcendentalism and specifically “Walden” tried to portray the natural world as some sort of utopian society. This society unfortunately does not

Related Documents