Nature: What Does It Offer? Essay

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“The integrity of impression made by manifold natural objects… in the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature” (Emerson). Rather than providing a technical, concrete definition of nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson brings a fresh take to how nature is defined. In fact, other authors and individuals have shaped their own definition of nature: what they believe it possesses in addition to what it encompasses. This theme has been widely discussed, with a peak in the nineteenth century. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are responsible for the fixation of nature in literature, and Christopher McCandless plus Cheryl Strayed are answerable for bringing that …show more content…
In Walden, Thoreau supports this when he writes “How, then, could I have a furnished house? I would rather sit in the open air…” (Thoreau 60). He continues by explaining how he would rather be “sitting on a pumpkin” than “on a velvet cushion, as well as how he would prefer to “ride on Earth in an ox cart” over “riding to heaven in a fancy car” (Thoreau 61). Through his writing, Thoreau displays a strong belief that nature offers bliss and pleasure. His preference of nature over those material items is how he began to separate himself and progress towards this theory of transcendentalism, thus finding himself in nature. Emerson, like Thoreau, is an intellectual individual who began to point out how natural beauty can pervade. He gave lectures that he later published which expressed his views on nature and how we can transcend the physical world and find freedom through flora, fauna, and landscape (Richardson 218). Contrasting Thoreau, Emerson wrote of his belief that we could live without material items and enjoy what nature has to offer. He writes “to go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society” (“Nature”). Emerson explains how seclusion could lead to appreciation. We admire streets of cities because they are obvious, contemporary, and present; but we fail to admire our natural world. Emerson specifically identifies the stars; they have been here for thousands of years and if we only recognized them would

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