Examples Of Transcendentalism In Henry David Thoreau's 'Wild'
American Literature (4)
04 November 2017
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Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement that took place during the 1830s. It stressed the ideas of instinct and spirituality over scientific thinking. Cheryl Strayed is an example of a modern day transcendentalist. She is an author, whose most well known for her book Wild. Wild is the story of how she coped with her mother's death. Strayed was devastated and as a result her marriage failed and spiraled into a heroine addiction. She realized she needed a healthy way to deal with her problems so she set off on a 1,100 mile hike along the West Coast of the US on the Pacific Crest Trail. She hiked for almost 3 months. She found that once she finished …show more content…
They questioned the teachings of established churches and the business practices of the merchant class. They argued for a mystical and intuitive way of thinking as a means for discovering one's inner self and looking for the essence of God in nature. Thoreau really embraced the idea that humans should be connected with nature. He lived on Walden Pond and built his own house and lived in total isolation. Thoreau once said, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” People are going out there to experience nature. Fishing is their way of experiencing nature. They go out into nature to feel happiness. Fishing is an excuse to feel peace alone. Fishing is what your chasing in life. Then they realize that isn't what they really want. They should chase happiness. Thoreau also said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” He went into the woods to experience the simplified transcendentalism lifestyle, by living with only the bare necessities. He wanted to see the how much society has affected his life. He's only relying on himself and only living with the bare necessities. In conclusion, Thoreau feels the simplistic lifestyle is how we should we