Transcendentalism and Literary Analysis Essay

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Tycho’s Dive is an album that slipped by the ears of many upon its release in 2011. However, this album is considered by many to be wonderfully brilliant. Its airy synthesizers and spaced acoustic guitar help build a light atmosphere that leaves the listener refreshed. The introspective nature of this music reminds one of the transcendentalism movement, long since passed but not forgotten. Transcendental ideas such as self-reliance and determination are presented by Steve Jobs in his “2005 Stanford Commencement Speech,” and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance,” while a regard for nature appears in Christopher McCandless’ biography Into the Wild, and Henry David Thoreau’s work entitled Walden.
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple
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If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Jobs did not rely on others for his success or happiness; he faced obstacles and was resolute to follow his dreams. Likewise, Ralph Waldo Emerson understands how being determined allows one to achieve goals. In his aptly named essay “Self-Reliance,” he remarks “A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best” (Emerson 186). Emerson points out that one is only truly satisfied when the heart and soul is poured into the efforts, a notion that is similar to those expressed by Steve Jobs. Jobs and Emerson found happiness and great success through self-reliance and determination, which are the heart of transcendentalism.
The life of a transcendentalist is also reflected by Christopher McCandless in his biographical movie, Into the Wild, and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, as each journeyed into the wilderness with little more than an appreciation for the beauty of nature. McCandless traveled out into the wild to escape the restrictions that modern society had placed upon him. He chose to ignore his social status and money, and instead find his own happiness by being more active and adventurous. He tries to explain to his friend that “You don’t need human relationships to be happy. God placed it all around us.” McCandless is saying that one should not be hindered by relationships and

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