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    Transcendentalism and Marxism Philosophies Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Essay on Nature,” and Terry Eagleton’s Essay on “What is Literature” both show different styles of writing and different philosophies. Emerson being a transcendentalist sought it through intuition and creativity which showed in his writing. Eagleton being a Marxist showed through his works class struggle, materialism, and empiricism. Both Marxists and transcendentalists seek an exemplary world, free of the chains of established religions and the limitations of the class which makes them similar. Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in the early 1800s to a fairly religious family with his father being a Unitarian minister until his death when Emerson was only 8. Emerson soon went…

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    Transcendentalism & Anti-Transcendentalism Transcendentalism is a literary movement that believes that truth exist beyond reason, hard evidence or experience. The followers of this movement, the transcendentalists, believed that it was time for America to have its own form of literature, and these writings were made very different from those found in other parts of the world. There are 5 themes common in works of transcendentalism. They are Nonconformity, Self-Reliance, Freethought, Confidence,…

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    Transcendentalism Comparison Essay In the late 1820s and the 1830s, there was an intellectual movement called transcendentalism, the forerunner of this school of thought was Ralph Waldo Emerson. Throughout his writings and multiple essays, he explained it as a way of life in which all knowledge is derived from within and from nature. It focuses on intuitiveness, self-reliance, honoring the uniqueness of your individual person, being free-thinking, and the fact that spiritual understanding is…

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    The transcendentalism movement impacted American culture, society, and literature because it encouraged Americans to transcend society's assumptions and create a personal, continuous relationship with spirituality and nature. The club started among a small group of intellectuals who were reacting against the orthodoxy of Calvinism and the rationalism of the Unitarian Church. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau organized the transcendental club. Other important members of the club were F.…

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    Transcendentalism refers to a literary and philosophical movement that developed in the United States.Basically, " to transcend" means " to go beyond human's limits and society, not physically but mentally. It was believed in order to comprehend the divine, God, and the universe one must transcend or go beyond the physical and emotional description of normal human thought. Transcendentalism focus on being one with nature, explore the greatness within each individual and express free ideas…

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    As Henry David Thoreau, a famous figure in transcendentalism, said, “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement which targets human relations and decisions in order to lead to a simple and more enjoyable life. The key principles of transcendentalism are nonconformity, self-reliance, free thought, confidence, and importance of nature. Transcendentalism and its principles have had a large influence on society and is very significant to the…

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    Transcendentalism is a very formal word that describes a very simple idea. People, men and women equally, have knowledge about themselves and the world around them that "transcends" or goes beyond what they can see, hear, taste, touch or feel. This knowledge comes through intuition and imagination not through logic or the senses. People can trust themselves to be their own authority on what is right. A transcendentalist is a person who accepts these ideas not as religious beliefs but as a way of…

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    What is transcendentalism? What does it mean to be a transcendentalist? The definition of transcendentalism is any philosophy based up on the doctrine that the principles of reality are to be discovered by the study of the processes of thought, or a philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical. Some of the more famous transcendentalists are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and many more. “They were critics of their contemporary society for its unthinking…

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    The early nineteenth century gave way to the rise of many political and religious movements. The transcendentalist movement fits clearly into this category. Centered around individualism, self-reliance, and nature it derives many of its core beliefs from unitarianism. This new way of viewing the human condition was spurred and explored by people such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Walt Whitman. However ideas such as the value of simplicity and illusion of…

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    Thoreau discovers lessons at the pond through nature he is bettering himself as a person and on a spiritual level. For example, because of the trip to the pond Thoreau stands up for what he believes in and is reprimanded for it by a jail sentence. However, he sticks to his beliefs and acts as he thinks he thinks he should in order to be the best version of himself that he can possibly be. Thoreau is considered one of the fathers of transcendentalism because he found peace at a spiritual level in…

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