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    This characterization can be defined as a belief that one should act for themselves based on their own morals. An example of this is one of Henry David Thoreau, another highly regarded transcendentalist, who believed in exactly that. In his Essay “Civil Disobedience” he recounts a time when he was arrested by virtue of him not paying his poll tax over the fact that it paid for the Mexican-American…

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    American Transcendentalism was a great movement in the middle of the nineteenth century (Campbell). Two of the most influential, transcendentalist writers of this era is Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Emerson and Thoreau expressed similar meanings in their stories. Emerson’s The American Scholar explains the functions, virtues, and roles of an individual. Thoreau’s Walden is a continuation of Emerson’s The American Scholar, in that Thoreau gives a deeper explanation of the…

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    Henry David Thoreau once said, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” McCandless easily relates to this as he went on an adventure with a hunger he had no means of fulfilling. Within a sea of naturalist and, opposing, transcendental texts, his ideology was not clearly defined even to himself. In the burrows of Mt. McKinley, Chris McCandless died of starvation in 1992. Many esteem his ideals, but controversy remains on whether his death was…

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    Goodbye to the Government Henry David Thoreau was an influential philosopher, journalist, and poet who opposed the government because of all the racism and unjust actions occurring in his time. In his piece called “Civil Disobedience,” he shares his belief that there is no purpose in having the government because it is used in terrible ways and can sometimes take advantage of people and their rights. He expresses his opinion about the government by attempting to connect with his audience…

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    “I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the change to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt myself a superabundance of energy which not outlet in our quite life.” Self–Sufficiency from a man who left everything to find the superabundance that nature give him is one of the concepts express by Krakauer in his book “Into the Wild.” For instance, Krakauer’s purpose in describing Christopher McCandless is to show how McCandless disconnection with…

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    Transcendentalism as a way of life has been studied by many scholars, throughout time. Transcendentalists, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, believed that by simplifying their way of living they could surpass their human emotions in order to separate themselves from the negative characteristics of society. These Transcendentalists believed that living in society left them vulnerable to the negative effects of human emotions and desires. Transcendentalism is not an…

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    Henry David Thoreau lived in the middle of the nineteenth century as a writer. Born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1817; Thoreau had three other siblings. A quiet child growing up, Thoreau preferred walks in the woods to childhood games. When Thoreau reached 16 years of his life, he attended Harvard College and did so well enough in his first year to earn a half-scholarship. Unfortunately, Thoreau’s family could only send one of their children to college. Therefore, since Thoreau…

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    The Lost Cat Analysis

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    It is viewed this way because the heavens are usually viewed as a light, peaceful place, and black, being the opposite of this connotation, immediately lends itself to be viewed as evil. The cat initially seems harmless, and does not harm his rescuer David, but Alexie uses the cat’s dark hue to illustrate the foreboding hardship for the couple. Sharon and David’s relationship would not be the same had the cat not come between them and tainted it. Although the couple ends up living a happy life,…

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    Henry David Thoreau wrote Civil Disobedience in 1849 to inform other Americans about the government. The Mexican-American War and slavery were two very big controversies that happened during the time Thoreau wrote this because he believed the government was bringing injustice to its people. His main point in Civil Disobedience was to relay the message to others about not doing everything the government tells its people to do. Thoreau does not just tell his fellow citizens to do this - he…

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    observing nature and examining self, can better his humanity and become one with God (Goodman). Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were two strongly influential transcendentalists whose philosophies continue to provide significant message and meaning. Emerson, as a notorious writer, lecturer, and editor of the transcendental period, was dominant among the transcendentalists. Henry David Thoreau is remembered for his philosophical and naturalist writings, in which he studied under poet…

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