Literary Elements Of Ralph Waldo Emerson And James Fenimore Cooper

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Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Fenimore Cooper are both well-known writers from the 1800 's. Emerson was a Transcendentalist poet, he would go around giving lectures and those lectures turned into his essays which then became his well know poem Nature. One the other hand, James Fenimore Cooper was a novelist known for his series of five novels which included The Last of the Mochicans. During these times, the work of these men were very popular and impacting, the following will depict some similarities and difference between both literary works such as their theme, imagery, and symbolism.
Emerson and Cooper both use many literary elements such as theme. In Nature, Emerson explains nature in a different and detailed way, he likes to look and focus on the symbolic meaning and not literal, there are many objects that he uses to identify something else. A movement in the nineteenth century called on people to view the objects in the world as small versions of the whole universe, this was called transcendentalism, which is the theme of Nature. In The Last of the Mohicans the overall book is said to have several themes, but chapter three has a theme of colonialism. It is about two men that are hunters and they are in the forest, they are discussing their traditions and fathers (ancestors), one is an Indian and the other is similarly dressed (white man), they are by the bank having a conversation when sooner or later they hear the “enemy” coming along. Although these two share…

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