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Transcendentalism: The Antidote to Brainwashed Youth - When I was first exposed to the concept of Transcendentalism in my English class, the idea seemed farfetched and rather abstract. Upon further readings and research, I discovered that the concepts, although they originally seemed esoteric, where works of true brilliance. Society has made it hard for individuals to exist when things like popular culture seemingly brainwash youth into doing whatever is considered “cool”. Transcendentalism is a powerful concept which should be acknowledged by my generation, for the points encompassed in Transcendentalism are more vital today than ever....   [tags: Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thoreau, n] 701 words
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism blossomed during the 1800s with the help of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson. They were Transcendentalists who expressed their beliefs through writings from poems to essays and they believed that “the individual was at the center of the universe” (Prentice Hall 384). The idea of Transcendentalism is complex and for this reason, only a number of people understood it. Emerson, Thoreau, and Dickinson, were one of the many people who were Transcendentalist; these writers went out of their way in society to represent their beliefs....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson] 914 words
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism Many people have theories and philosophies about life in general. There have been hundreds of thousands of books published by many different people on the ideas of people in the past and the present. Transcendentalism falls in amongst all of these ideas. There have been articles, essays, poems, and even books written about this subject. Transcendentalism has effected many people since the philosophy was first introduced. The idea was complex and hard to grasp for many commoners and therefore it was understood by few people, and some would think that the idea was not understood at all and that was part of the idea....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism Back in the 1800's, people trusted in their innersoul. it was called transcendentalism. People like Emerson and Thoreau were transcendentalism. They didn't think with their heads. They do things like in their first impression. If they sees that a tree is violet, they will paint it violet. During that era, Romanticism was party of it too. Ideas of Romanticism with transcendentalism. In our everyday life, we use transcendentalism. We use our head to think and our hart to feel love and hate, but sometimes you say something without thinking about it....   [tags: essays research papers] 562 words
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism The highly religious philosophy of Transcendentalism developed as the response of a group of people who felt that it was unnecessary to practice a religion (and live a life) that was based on fear. The first Transcendentalists set out to create a more liberal way of life that allowed for personal growth, justice and freedom. To truly understand the implications of Transcendentalism and why Transcendentalists believed what they did, one must first look at the root of Transcendentalism, Unitarianism....   [tags: essays papers]
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism The New England Renaissance brought out two distinct, yet influential movements known as transcendentalism and anti-transcendentalism. The two concentrated on intuition and human nature and formed a revolt against previously accepted ideas such as Calvinist orthodoxy, strict Puritan attitudes, ritualism, and the dogmatic theology of religious institutions. Transcendentalism is a term rooted back to Plato, a Greek philosopher who first affirmed the existence of absolute goodness, which he characterized as beyond something of description and as knowable only through intuition....   [tags: Papers] 1021 words
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism was an early philosophical, intellectual, and literary movement that thrived in New England in the nineteenth century. Transcendentalism was a collection of new ideas about literature, religion, and philosophy. It began as a squabble in the Unitarian church when intellectuals began questioning and reacting against many of the church’s orthodoxy ways regarding all of the aforementioned subjects: religion, culture, literature, social reform, and philosophy. They in turn developed their own faith focusing on the divinity of humanity and the innate world....   [tags: essays research papers] 1378 words
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism Transcendentalism was a movement in philosophy, literature, and religion that emerged and was popular in the nineteenth century New England because of a need to redefine man and his place in the world in response to a new and changing society. The industrial revolution, universities, westward expansion, urbanization and immigration all made the life in a city like Boston full of novelty and turbulence. Transcendentalism was a reaction to an impoverishment of religion and mechanization of consciousness of eighteenth century rational doctrines that ceased to be satisfying....   [tags: American America History] 3303 words
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Transcendentalism - Although the transcendentalism movement was an extremely long time ago the ideas are still pertinent today. When Henry David Thoreau said, 'Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak';(247), that he would be telling people to be themselves many generations later. The transcendentalism movement took place during the early 1800's when America was developing its own writing style. The authors of the time all thought in the same wavelength....   [tags: essays research papers] 608 words
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism When an average person seeks happiness, most often they search in the wrong place: "If only I could have that I would be happy." For ages, man has been seeking happiness from outside, not within. People have the misconception that material things and materialistic goals will bring them ultimate happiness, but in truth those only bring transient happiness. True and lasting happiness can be reached from within when one realizes the ultimate truth. This ultimate truth, the main focus of transcendentalism, can be reached through self-reliance, nature, and oversoul, the main principals of the philosophy....   [tags: Papers] 808 words
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Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism is the philosophy that reality cannot be known and the divine is the guiding principle in man. Transcendentalism says that the way to god is through yourself; your inner thoughts lead you to a spiritual reality. Transcendentalism is made up of four main ideas: idealism, optimism, religion, and individualism. In Emerson's essay "Self Reliance," he expresses his optimistic faith in the power of individual achievement and originality. He also considered the overarching need to discover and develop a relationship with nature and with god....   [tags: essays research papers] 691 words
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Transcendentalism - Emerson and Thoreau and their Perspectives of Transcendentalism Imagine a world where each individual thought for himself, not allowing other outside influences to mold his ideas. We currently live in a society in which a single clip on television, quote from a newspaper, or opinion from a peer can consequently determine how one thinks or the outlook they have on a topic. In "Self-Reliance," Emerson states, "A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than luster of the firmament of bards and sages....   [tags: American Literature] 1015 words
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The Transcendentalism Movement - I picked the Transcendentalism Movement because I found it to be very interesting. From all the different literary movements we had to choose from Transcendentalism seemed the most revolutionary. It was an entirely new way of thinking for America back in the 1800’s. The Transcendental Movement started around 1835. The movement was all about individualism and spiritualism. The idea was that you could achieve true spirituality with god not through the doctrines of man but through communion with nature....   [tags: Literature ]
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Trascendentalism - ... Whether through occupation or social class, division was a weakness in Emerson’s eyes. Thoreau’s opinions stemmed from the same origin as Emerson, but the negativity he felt emanated from slavery was much more prevalent in his writing. Thoreau introduced the idea that slavery was not only detrimental to slaves, but also to the slave owners themselves. He believed that there was a terrible burden that came hand in hand with every aspect of slavery; no matter what niche a person filled. An example of Thoreau expressing his intense belief in the evils of slavery lies in one of his famous essays, Walden, where he explains that, “It is hard to have a southern overseer; it is worse to have a northern on; but worst of all when you are the slave-driver of yourself” (856)....   [tags: rebellion, religion, belief, Thoreau, Emerson]
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The Philosophies of Transcendentalism - In this essay, I will compare the philosophies of transcendentalism and anti-transcendentalism through the writings of Thoreau and Emerson vs. Melville. In Thoreau’s excerpt of “Walden”, he tested the transcendentalist philosophy through experience. Emerson’s transcendental writing style is displayed in “Nature”. In Melville’s excerpt of Moby Dick, he exhibits anti-transcendentalism in his work. Transcendentalist writing had to do with the human sprit and its connection to nature. Transcendentalist thinkers believed that all things that occurred in nature were supposed to happen....   [tags: essays research papers] 372 words
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The Philosophy of Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism was a philosophy that became influential during the 1800's. It was based on the belief that knowledge is not limited to and solely derived from experience and observation but from the truths seem through reason. In the United Sates, transcendentalism became both a philosophy and a literary, religious, and social movement. Emphasis was placed mainly on oneness with nature and God while making the possibility of social change a reality. Ralph Waldo Emerson was the leading American transcendentalist whose theories were a primary influence in transcendentalist thought and writing....   [tags: essays research papers] 1282 words
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Emerson and Transcendentalism - Ignorant Significance Transcendentalism is the philosophical ideas of Emerson and some other 19th-century New Englanders; based on a search for reality through spiritual intuition, or knowledge things without conscious reasoning. There are many questions asked that do not really have an actual answer. Emerson was a doctrinaire in transcendentalism. He targetes his messages toward the youth. He tought that every individual is basically good, can make rational decisions, and is worty of respect....   [tags: essays research papers] 402 words
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Louisa May Alcott: Daughter, Author, and Transcendentalist - While Louisa May Alcott is most often identified as an author, she also was a dedicated daughter and sister, a Transcendentalist, and an inspiration. Part of the reason that Louisa May Alcott stands out is because of her interesting family, career, and medical history. Born on November 29, 1832 to Bronson Alcott and Abigail May in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Louisa May Alcott was brought up in an unconventional home. For most of her life, Alcott resided in Boston, Concord, and Harvard, Massachusetts....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Transcendentalist, ] 995 words
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Transcendentalism Today - Transcendentalism Today Transcendentalism is a philosophy that declares the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and hypothetical beliefs. It focuses on non-conformity, optimism and passive civil disobedience. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were models of these ideas. They focused on the fact that you should do something because it feels right to you not because its what everyone else is doing. Emerson believed that optimism exercised with confidence if the best way to achieve what you want in life to be happy....   [tags: Papers] 854 words
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Early American Transcendentalism - Early American transcendentalism has one of the greatest influences towards American society because it is not only a philosophy, but also a religion and physical progression. During the early nineteenth century, “the Transcendentalists set themselves against what they considered to be the materialism, conformity, and played-out liberalism of American religion and society…..”(Timko). If early American transcendentalists were living among civilians today, would present day civilians think the earlier activists were radical and psychotic....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Early American Transcendentalism - Early American transcendentalism has one of the greatest influences towards American society because it is not only a philosophy, but also a religion and physical progression. During the early nineteenth century, Ralph Emerson, Henry Thoreau, and other radical individuals challenged the present day theories of values, ethics, and what it means to live life to the fullest (Timko). If early American transcendentalists were living among civilians today, would present day civilians think the earlier activists were radical and psychotic....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Transcendentalism In Movies - Perhaps one of the most meaningful maxims Emerson wrote would have to be "Insist on yourself, never imitate." This statement captures the total essence of transcendentalism; deny the will and aspirations of others, and follow your own heart.The movie Dead Poets Society begins by introducing the viewers to Todd Anderson, a very subdued and quiet young man. Todd has the average inferiority complex. He is a very bright young man with exceptional abilities. Todd is unwilling to speak his mind for fear of non-acceptance....   [tags: essays research papers] 547 words
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalist Philosophy and Its Influence on Margaret Fuller's Feminist Philosophy - Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalist Philosophy and Its Influence on Margaret Fuller's Feminist Philosophy Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leading thinker in the American Transcendentalist movement, who first proposed many of the movement’s most influential ideas regarding the relation between the human mind and the world. He believed each person to possess a “soul,” a power within the self to uniquely perceive and understand the world, and grasp the intricate relationships between all things; Emerson’s universe was infinitely knowable, and his ideal, independent soul should be in a state of constant consideration and reevaluation of the world around him....   [tags: Emerson Fuller Philosophies Transcendentalism] 2039 words
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A New Outlook on Life: Transcendentalism Uncovered - ... Seek to gain a knowledge and understanding of the needs and drawbacks of human nature. There is not a lot of knowledge that goes into Transcendentalism it is a mere base of faith and 'devotion'. Transcendentalism has an abundance to do with God, faith, and nature; but also include a portion of logic and reasoning. "...transcendentalism remains firm in the hearts not just of religious believers but also of countless scholars in the social sciences and the humanities..."(Wilson, "The Biological Basis of Morality)....   [tags: Phylosophy, Morality]
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Transcendentalism: A Modern Philosophy - TRANSCENDENTALISM A MODERN PHILOSOPHY Mankind has lost its place at the center of God’s universe. Now, when you watch the weather, or plants growing, or someone suddenly die, what you feel is obnoxious bafflement. In the past, you might have said God was responsible or the devil... Definitions of the universe based on speculation or on scriptural faith are no longer automatically accepted... You would have looked out on this vast and undefined universe in would’ve thought, as did the thinkers of that day, that we needed a method of conscious-building....   [tags: essays research papers] 1773 words
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Transcendentalism and Ralph Waldo Emerson - Transcendentalism and Ralph Waldo Emerson             Transcendentalism was a literary movement that began in the beginning of the 1800’s and lasted up until the Civil War. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a man whose views on life and the universe were intriguing and influential. Emerson, along with other great men, helped to mold what Transcendentalism was and what it was to become. Without these men, Transcendentalism would not have been anything. Nor would these men have been anything without this concept....   [tags: History Historical Essays Transcendental]
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The Literary Movement of Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism was a literary movement in the first half of the 19th century. The philosophical theory contained such aspects as self-examination, the celebration of individualism, and the belief that the fundamental truths existed outside of human experience. Fulfillment of this search for knowledge came when one gained an acute awareness of beauty and truth, and communicated with nature to find union with the Over-Soul. When this occurred, one was cleansed of materialistic aims, and was left with a sense of self-reliance and purity....   [tags: essays research papers] 867 words
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Transcendentalism in the Poems of Whitman - Transcendentalism in the Poems of Whitman       From looking at the titles of Walt Whitman's vast collection of poetry in Leaves of Grass one would be able to surmise that the great American poet wrote about many subjects -- expressing his ideas and thoughts about everything from religion to Abraham Lincoln. Quite the opposite is true, Walt Whitman wrote only about a single subject which was so powerful in the mind of the poet that it consumed him to the point that whatever he wrote echoed of that subject....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Transcendentalism: The Philosophy Of The Mind - Transcendentalism: The Philosophy of the Mind Transcendentalism is the view that the basic truth of the universe lies beyond the knowledge obtained from the senses, a knowledge that transcendentalists regard as the mere appearance of things (Adventures 162). Transcendentalists believe the mind is where ideas are formed. The transcendentalist ideas of God, man, and the universe were not all original, but were a combination of other philosophies and religions. One of the major questions of philosophy is "What is the nature of the universe?" Immanuel Kant was one of the major Transcendentalists of his time....   [tags: essays research papers] 1037 words
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Transcendentalism and Transcendental Meditation - Transcendentalism and Transcendental Meditation “The Transcendentalist adopts the whole connection of spiritual doctrine. He believes in miracle, in the perpetual openness of the human mind to new influx of light and power; he believes in inspiration, and in ecstasy.”(Emerson 196). These two lines written by Ralph Waldo Emerson exemplify the whole movement of transcendentalist writers and what they believed in. Though to the writers, transcendentalism was a fight for a belief, unknown to them they could have been fighting for the betterment of human health....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Free Narrative Essays - Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism A whole month of being nice. From the start, I didn't think it was even humanly possible. Although I always try my hardest to be pleasant, I'm sarcastically witty by nature. This project, no matter how inspirational and uplifting it could be, would decidedly be no walk in the park. Nevertheless, I decided to persevere. Even if I ended up being a complete Transcendental failure, maybe I'd still learn something along the way. On the first day, I went for about twenty minutes before cracking a joke at my best friend....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives] 508 words
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Thomas Paine: Patriot and Writer - Transcendentalism was a philosophy with a strong effect on the literature of the 1830's and 1840's. Transcendentalism advocated views involving isolation from society and connection to nature. However, transcendentalist writers such as Emerson and Thoreau were not the first to utilize these ideas. Thomas Paine, a well known Revolutionary hero, is an origin of transcendentalist ideals. While his views were not exactly those of the modern transcendentalists, Thomas Paine generated very similar ideas in order to advance his revolutionary ideas....   [tags: Philosophy, Transcendentalism] 2046 words
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Ralph Waldo Emerson and Transcendentalism - Ralph Waldo Emerson and Transcendentalism        Ralph Waldo Emerson believed in the potential within every individual to achieve a heightened state of being and awareness through a close observation of the world and an introspective look at himself. Infused in his work are the influences of transcendentalism and his life as a Unitarian pastor. James D. Hart, when discussing the spirit of transcendentalism, states, "Man may fulfill his divine potentialities either through a rapt mystical state, in which the divine is infused into the human, or through coming into contact with the truth, beauty, and goodness embodied in nature and originating in the Over-Soul....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Transcendentalism and Rebellion – The Politics of Revolution - Transcendentalism and Rebellion – The Politics of Revolution Is the romantic impulse towards rebellion driven by natural human instinct. Perhaps science should study this question a bit more in depth and share its findings with the major governments of the world because it appears as though the impulse towards rebellion is inherent to situations in which the freedoms of the individual are sacrificed to the good of the collective. If indeed rebellion is instinctual, does that mean that the individual is the highest order in natural law and therefore must cast off the oppression of artificial constraints....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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Henry David Thoreau and Transcendentalism - Henry David Thoreau and Transcendatalism Henry David Thoreau harbored many anarchist thoughts toward the American government of the decades before the Civil War, which he collected and wrote about in the essay, "Civil Disobedience", which, in fact was originally called "Resistance to Civil Government", giving the essay a powerful message that would not only reflect Thoreau's own views toward the Mexican war, but also give the essay a powerful anti-slavery message, as well as affect the whole idea of Civil Rights, as well as shape the leaders of Civil Rights....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Transcendentalism in Beowulf and Antigone - Transcendentalism in Beowulf and Antigone As time progressed through the various ages, Ancient to Renaissance, a trend began to form in the literature. The Ancient periods, reflected in the writings of the Taoists and the Greeks, were basically a time of transcendentalism. The gods of this era were treated almost as if they are friends to the people, or advisors; the gods controlled their fates and the uncontrollable, but the people were still very individualistic. As time progressed forwards, a trend swept Europe towards a period of theism, where the god or gods are treated as father figures; the gods controlled the lives of all their people just as parents control their children, even, as Martin Luther stated, with an attitude of fear....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 2094 words
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Walt Whitman and Transcendentalism - Walt Whitman: Transcendentalism By the late 19th century, Walt Whitman had become positioned at the forefront of the American cultural lexicon. His poetry was at once brash, dissonant and resoundingly erotic. His raw, unabashed poetry flew in the face of the prevailing ideals of his time. Whitman's greatest literary accomplishment, Leaves of Grass, had set the ideas of divinity, the hierarchy of the holy trinity, and the ethereal perfection afforded these things into turmoil. What he did was take the theologian ideas of perfection and divinity and juxtaposed them onto mankind and the world around him....   [tags: essays research papers] 2050 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - ... He agrees to confess his transgression before his congregation only when his passage back to England is secured—cowardice and weakness at, for lack of a better word, its strongest—but after over seven years of silence, the secret has wreaked all the damage it ever could upon Dimmesdale’s physique, and he collapses dead as soon as the admittance is gone from his lips. Chillingworth is the classical villain, feeling no remorse for his vengeful, insidious methodology. Our initial introduction to Doctor Chillingworth is hazy at best, and his true relationship to Hester Prynne is revealed much in the manner of peeling an onion for a stew: It happens only layer by layer, and as much as you want to do it, and chances are you won’t make it very far without feeling the need to close your eyes....   [tags: Transcendentalism, Influence] 1046 words
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Transcendentalism And A Belief In A "higher Power" - Transcendentalism and A Belief In A "Higher Power" We do not have good reasons to believe in something transcendental. Most of the arguments in favor of God, or a so-called "higher power" are based on faith and emotion, and not a clear logical argument. In fact, these arguments are often in favor of throwing logic out the window. In many ways, this question is similar to someone attempting to prove the existence of an invisible elephant. It is far easier to prove that the elephant does not exist than it is to prove that it does....   [tags: essays research papers] 1125 words
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Thoreau and Transcendentalism - Followers of the Transcendentalist movement stressed the religious, philosophical and ideological importance of life. Henry David Thoreau was a staunch supporter of the movement. Thoreau felt that a person lived a good life by following his conscience and instincts. He also felt that materialism was a sure way to distract a person from leading a good and moral life. Thoreau proposed for the government to be involved in as little of a citizen's life as possible; he felt too much government control just complicated a person's life....   [tags: American Literature] 592 words
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The Important Role of Transcendentalism in American History - The Important Role of Transcendentalism in American History In 1830, a movement known as Transcendentalism began to gain popularity in America. Representing an idealistic system of thought, "strength, courage, self-confidence, and independence of mind"1 were some basic values admired by the followers of the Transcendental movement. Transcendentalists opposed many aspects of their government, where they felt "many unjust laws existed."2 Therefore, they became the leaders of many modern reform movements....   [tags: American America History] 787 words
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Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and Transcendentalism - “Young Goodman Brown” and Transcendentalism                A reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” indicates that the author adheres to some, but not all of the Transcendentalist beliefs of the nineteenth century, especially in its symbolism and in its emphasis on personal responsibility.   Morse Peckham in “The Development of Hawthorne’s Romanticism”explains some aspects of Hawthorne’s Transcendentalist beliefs:   But another theme begins to appear, a matter which now involved Hawthorne in the gravest difficulties, the theme of American simplification, that notion that was so common among American Romantic Transcendentalists; not only is world redemption possible, but America is the predestined place for it to happen....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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Transcendentalism and Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - Transcendentalism and “Young Goodman Brown”          “Young Goodman Brown” manifests characteristics of the onetime Transcendentalist beliefs of its author in its abundance of symbolism and in its emphasis on individuality and personal responsibility.   Let us briefly review the life of the author up to and including his brief acceptance of Transcendentalism. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to a family that had been prominent in the area since colonial times....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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Bartleby the Scrivener - ... The walls represent society’s blocks on Bartleby and his progress in society. He is stuck at a middleclass job, doing the same thing every day. The walls signify how Bartleby is symbolically trapped in society’s expectations. Later in the story when Bartleby goes to prison, the prison is described as having “walls of amazing thickness”(23). The prison is also related to Bartley’s workspace when the narrator describes a “high green folding screen” at the office, which corresponds with the “grass-platted yard” (22) at the prison....   [tags: fiction, Herman Melville, transcendentalism]
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The Works of Henry David Thoreau - The works of Henry David Thoreau clearly show his belief in transcendentalism. The dictionary defines transcendentalism as any system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material. "Walden", a story that describes Thoreau's experiences while living on Walden Pond, emphasizes the importance of individuality and self-reliance. Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience", advocates the importance of prioritizing one's principles over the laws of the government. It also criticizes the American social institutions and polices....   [tags: Transcendentalism Thoreau] 1023 words
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Henry David Thoreau - ... Thoreau sees the laboring men of his society, and after concluding that they are ignorant, claims that “it is a fool’s life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before” (Thoreau 3). Loren Eiseley, a natural science writer, said that Thoreau “sometimes had difficulty in seeing men or, by contrast, sometimes saw them too well” (qtd. in Bloom 51). Thoreau has impressive insight, and his belief that men are ignorant of the flaws in society is justifiable, particularly in the area of abuse of government power....   [tags: Biography, Transcendentalism, Grading System]
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Emerson and Thoreau - An influential literary movement in the nineteenth century, transcendentalism placed an emphasis on the wonder of nature and its deep connection to the divine. As the two most prominent figures in the transcendentalist movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau whole-heartedly embraced these principles. In their essays “Self-Reliance” and “Civil Disobedience”, Emerson and Thoreau, respectively, argue for individuality and personal expression in different manners. In “Self-Reliance”, Emerson calls for individuals to speak their minds and resist societal conformity, while in “Civil Disobedience” Thoreau urged Americans to publicly state their opinions in order to improve their own government....   [tags: Transcendentalism, Civil Desobedience] 780 words
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Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau as Fathers of Transcendentalism - Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau as Fathers of Transcendentalism Transcendentalism was a movement in writing that took place in the mid-nineteenth century. It formed in the early to mid nineteenth century and reached it climax around 1850 during an era commonly referred to as the American Renaissance, America’s Golden Day, or the Flowering of New England. The basic tenets of Transcendentalism involve the relationships between one’s self and the world at large. First, the search for truth in Transcendentalism begins with the individual....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism] 740 words
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Herman Melville: Anti-Transcendentalism, Symbolism and a Whale - Throughout American history, few authors have earned the right to be called great. Herman Melville is one of these few. However, Melville’s journey towards becoming one of the greatest early American authors was less than simple. As an author writing during the heart of the American Renaissance and Transcendentalist Era, a time where people believed humans were at one with nature and God, Melville chose to break the mold. Facing many hardships in his life, Herman Melville became an author renowned for his anti-transcendentalist style, yet was perhaps the most underrated author of his time....   [tags: Literature]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau - Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were both born in Massachusetts. Emerson was born in Boston in 1803. Thoreau was born in Concord in 1817. Emerson attended Harvard and then became a Unitarian minister just like his father had been. Thoreau also attended Harvard but upon graduating, became a teacher and opened up a school. Both Emerson and Thoreau gave up their careers to pursue Transcendentalist philosophy. Emerson was one of the first to start the Transcendental Club. Thoreau became Emerson's student after he had moved into his house....   [tags: essays research papers] 442 words
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