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  • Henry David Thoreau's Impacts Of Transcendentalism In The Modern World

    Transcendentalism in the Modern World Transcendentalism is a philosophical and spiritually movement that protest against the general state and the intellectualism. Ralph Waldo Emerson an essayist, lecturer, and poet led the transcendentalist movement of the mid nineteenth-century. He wrote dozens of published essays. Emerson was one of the few people who believed and led transcendentalism. Henry David Thoreau an author, poet , philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development…

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  • Humanity And Nature In Henry David Thoreau, Walden And Modern Man

    “Henry David Thoreau devoted his energies to exploring the spiritual relationship between humanity and nature and to living by his political and social beliefs.” As said by Sam Erickson. Thoreau was a transcendentalist and is known today as one of the “Big Three” in American Literature along with Walt Whitman and Ralph Emerson. Thoreau devoted his life to explore the importance of humanity and nature. For two years Thoreau lived in a cabin he built at Walden Pond. It was here where he wrote…

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  • Existentialism In Walden

    My mother flew into a raging fury. She threw books and knocked items off the desk in my room while screaming til her face turned red; meat cleaver in her right hand, left hand in a fist. “Nǐ xiǎng sǐ ma?” Do you want to die? My brother was in his bedroom, located one floor down. My father was in his bedroom, located a few doors down. What was Hell for me was silence for others. For them this was the usual occurance that played over day by day. I remember this memory like it was yesterday,…

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  • Transcendentalism In Walden

    Walk in Nature Thoreau once said,“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.” In my case, however, it was brief walk. I began by jumping off a deck, a metaphor for leaving society behind. Much like Thoreau did in his Walden Pond experiment. I then took a quick walk by the lake until I reached a fallen tree. I crossed it to get to the other side of the lake, and continued on. By the time I was done, I had sticks in my hair and dirt on my knees. There were not any other people,…

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  • Existentialism In Nausea And No Exit

    Existentialism in a broad sense, might be seen as a philosophy that is predominantly concerned with the analysis of existence, and the meaning of life through free will. However, the existentialism could be perceived as much more than philosophical movement, since much of its popularity in the 1950s, and 1960s, was achieved through the literary fictional works of Sartre’s, such as Nausea and No Exit. Among the major philosophers identified as existentialists were Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger,…

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson's View Of Transcendentalism

    The Guide: Ralph Waldo Emerson This hell was constructed based on the views of transcendentalism. Emerson was the most well known transcendentalist as well as an author and poet. Along with this, Emerson was a close friend of Thoreau and was one of his few human contacts during Thoreau’s time at Walden pond. If anyone was to understand the mind of Thoreau and his life in Walden, it would be Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1. Non-Christians Developing a connection between man, nature, and God is the…

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  • Uprooting The Truth In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

    Uprooting the Truth “The universe is composed of Nature and the soul,” said renowned Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson in his piece title Nature (qtd. in Perkins 591). The vitality of nature’s power is one of the fundamental pillars of Transcendentalism. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter mirrors this concept, nature playing a vital role in the novel from beginning to end. The influence of nature is a common theme throughout the novel. Specifically, the forest, flowers, and sunlight…

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  • Social Equality In Benjamin Franklin's The Speech Of Polly Baker

    “The Speech of Polly Baker” by Benjamin Franklin is a leading example of how American writers challenged notions of social injustice and attempted to bring social change. Franklin writes this fictional story about a woman being convicted for giving birth to an illegitimate child and criticizes the laws that punish them. Polly Baker has been convicted of this same crime four times previously but each time, argues that she is not the only one responsible for this transgression. Women are…

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  • Analysis Of Uncommon Ground By William Cronon

    The reading for this week comes from William Cronon’s book Uncommon Ground. Throughout the passage, Cronon argues that our modern view of wilderness is paradoxically flawed, but due to the historical effects of the sublime and the frontier that emerged at the end of the 19th century, the adoration of wilderness has become ingrained in our culture. These ideologies have imprinted man-made moral values and cultural symbols on wilderness. Cronon asserts that this romanticism of nature currently…

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  • An Analysis Of Mary Oliver's The Journey

    I definitely agree with some of Emerson’s ideas and claims in the text. Throughout the passage, he states that one should follow their own instincts and beliefs. He starts off by stating that, “To believe your own thought, to believe what is true to you in your private heart is true for all men, -that is genius.” It’s clear that the author wants the readers to become more as individuals, rather than living up to social expectations. He also emphasizes that it’s crucial to listen to your heart…

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