Transcendentalism And The Events Of Dead Poets Society Directed By Peter Weir

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Many philosophers studied long and hard focusing on transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is the process of transcending the material world, and paving your own path through life as an individual. The idea was started by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and latter continued with his student Henry David Thoreau, and then Walt Whitman. Along with these men, transcendentalism had a main role in the events of Dead Poets Society directed by Peter Weir. These three men, and movie all follow the six elements of transcendentalism. The six elements are, intuition, optimism, simplicity, individualism, civil disobedience, and soul. When someone has intuition it means that when they are encountered with a question or decision they know the answer instantly and or go with their gut. Emerson has an example of intuition in his essay titled Self- Reliance. In this essay he writes, "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string." (Emerson, 1841) In this sentence he is literally saying to trust your instincts because your instincts are right. While Henry David Thoreau lived two years of his life in the woods on his own he was also practicing self reliance. To survive in the woods he relied on his instincts while he was in solitude. In Walt Whitman 's poem called Learned Astronomer the main character practices self reliance but in a different way. In this poem there is an astronomer who can not absorb the information his teacher is giving him, so he goes outside and relies on himself and his…

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