Essay on Ralph Waldo Emerson And David Thoreau

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In Thomas Jefferson’s “Declaration of Independence” he explains freedom by writing “and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do” leading to the simple answer of; freedom is having the power to do as one pleases (344). In “Nature,” “Self-Reliance,” and “Walden,” Ralph Waldo Emerson and David Thoreau both utilize their writings to demonstrate similar themes about freedom that Jefferson explained. Emerson is an advocate for freedom for all people regardless of gender, age, social status, etc. Through “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” readers understand freedom can be reached through nature, nonconformity and self-reliance. In “Walden” Thoreau demonstrates freedom based on his own accounts with nature and solitude in order to learn what life truly can offer. Thoreau realizes that having freedom to make your own choices and decisions can be a unique experience but sometimes guidance along the way is necessary to continue to learn about life. Throughout Emerson and Thoreau’s writings readers begin to understand the importance of freedom to make decisions and have power just as Jefferson was able to demonstrate in the “Declaration of Independence.” First Ralph Waldo Emerson explains his views of freedom throughout “Nature” allowing readers to see that he believes freedom comes from being one with nature leading to solitude…

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