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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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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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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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Excerpt From Thoreau's Walden - Excerpt From Thoreau's Walden Colonization in Plymouth I awoke before the first rays of sunlight had passed through the dew-covered trees to the west today. It had rained the evening before, and the smell of wet leaves and grass was still lingering in the air. I prepared myself for the upcoming adventurous day. I set out along a less-traveled path through the woods leading to the shore. I could hear every rustle of the newly fallen leaves covering the ground. The brown ground signaled the changing of seasons and nature's way of preparing for the long winter ahead....   [tags: Walden Thoreau Transcendentalism Essays] 472 words
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Similarities Between Emerson’s "Nature" and Walt Disney’s "The Lion King" - Ralph Waldo Emerson was a well-known American essayist, lecturer, and poet of the 19th century during the Transcendentalist movement, which he led. The Transcendentalism movement was based on one’s intuition. One of the main works he did was his essay Nature, which tells how nature is not just a part of the earth. The essay also explains how humans take it for granted and how beautiful nature really is. One part of nature Emerson mentions is the stars. He says that we take stars for granted because we always see them and underestimate them because of the distance they are from us....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson] 501 words
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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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American Philosophy - American Philosophy In all its forms, American philosophy emphasizes freedom and the supreme importance of the individual. Indeed, an examination of four major American writers shows these concepts in all four main schools of American thought-- Epicureanism, Transcendentalism, Pragmatism, and Protestantism. Epicureanism is the pursuit of pleasure in order to avoid pain. This philosophy is very American. One of the most famous American-Epicureans is Walt Whitman. Whitman is, perhaps, America's greatest poet....   [tags: Papers] 518 words
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What isTranscendentalism? - American Transcendentalism was a philosophical, political and literary movement that flourished between about 1836 and 1860. It began as a reform movement in the Unitarian Church which sought to extend the application of William Ellery Channing's thinking about the God within and the significance of intuitive thinking. Transcendentalism was based on a monism holding the unity of the world and God, and the immanence of the world. "Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself....   [tags: unity, thinking, mind] 523 words
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Walter Whitman Research Paper Outline Draft - ... Paragraph 2: At the age twelve he begin to learn how to do printing trade in New York City. He was taught in country part of New York on Long Island. Graduated from a high school in Long Island and become a journalist. Whitman really did not have a childhood he had to work and school to support the family. Paragraph 3: At the age twenty-three everyday he edited a daily newspaper in New York; in 1846 he became editor of Brooklyn Daily Eagle. At the same time he was a teacher and printer and doing the journals for the morning newspaper....   [tags: brief biography, transcendentalism, realism] 526 words
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Henry Thoreau - Born in 1817, in Concord, Henry David Thoreau became one of the greatest writers among the American Renaissance. Thoreau based his whole philosophy on the fact that man needed to get rid of material things in order to be an individual. An exquisitely educated man, Thoreau went to Harvard, which placed heavy emphasis on the classics. Thoreau studied a curriculum that included grammar and composition, mathematics, English, history, and various philosophies. He also spoke fluently in Italian, French, German, and Spanish....   [tags: essays research papers] 541 words
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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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Is Hester Prynne A Transcendentalist? - How is Hester Prynne A Transcendentalist. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is mainly a transcendentalist. The term transcendentalist coined in nineteenth century America, describes an optimistic person who fully lives in the present and has faith in the future. He or she loves nature, sees God in nature, and believes we are all connected. A transcendentalist takes action, and is honest and very individualistic. To me that clearly explains Hester Prynne's personality and beliefs....   [tags: essays research papers] 547 words
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My Experiment withTranscendentalism - Transcendentalism is the system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material. Through my experimentation I have found that the two most important principles of Transcendentalism are self-reliance and anti-materialism. While I experimented being completely self-reliant I made my own meals and did everything myself so I did not have to wait or rely on anyone. Another experiment I conducted was anti-materialism, during which I did not use any items of technology that were not completely necessary, and instead focused my attention on important things like making music and doing well on my schoolwork....   [tags: philosophy, thoreau] 549 words
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Themes of Transcendentalism in Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau - In the book Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau, written in 1854, there is portrayed a strong philosophical theme on transcendentalism. This view on the world was a prominent New England philosophy during the author’s life, and had a great effect on him. This view has a very simple idea. It shows that people, men and women equally, have a knowledge about the world around them, as well as themselves, that goes beyond what they can they can see, smell, taste, touch, or feel. This knowledge is acquired through imagination and intuition....   [tags: knowledge, materialistic, philosophy]
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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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Famous American Authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nathanial Hawthorne - The period of the late eighteenth century and beginning of the nineteenth was cosidered the Romantic era in Europe and in America. This movement was a large scale rebellion against the Englightment period ideas where science and logic ruled the literary arts. Authors took several approaches on how to convey to the readers social and metaphysical opinions through the tone in a series of novels published. Tone is apparent in much of the American Romantic era writing including that of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathanial Ha] 567 words
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Living Simply: The Transcendentalists Lifestyle - Leaving civilization behind and moving to a cabin in the woods would be a challenge for man in today’s society. People today often live complex lives with massive focus on material goods. This is the opposite of living a transcendentalist lifestyle. Transcendentalists believe thought and spiritual things are more real than ordinary human experience and material things. A few of the many ideas Transcendentalism follows are; God as nature, less government and the search for meaning. Reverence of nature is one of the main characteristics of Transcendentalism....   [tags: material, goods, nature, spiritual] 573 words
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Unitarianism and Trandentalism - What is God's role in the universe. This question has been on the tip os scholar's tongue and deep in the ind of man since time's beginning. during the eighteenth century, modern expansions swapped this accepted wisdom into, "Could God be the universe?" From this perspective, both Unitarianism and trandentalism arose during the Second Great Awakening. While both movements are reasoned reactions to the spiritual revival, Unitarianism judges the world more on logic, and transcendtalists are much more free-spirited....   [tags: Religion] 579 words
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Trandcendentalism in Zuni and Sioux Tribe - ... The American status of women started to evolve across the course of history. A woman Historian, Spruill, studied women’s legal rights in colonial women. She found the “rule of thumb” law; a law that stated that is was legal to hit your wife/spouse with an object no thicker than the man’s thumb. This law also stated that it was only legal if it did not inflict injury or cause death. Another thing that has changed for women are how they dress; the hem got shorter, and women started wearing less clothing....   [tags: women, power, norms, abusive] 584 words
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The Fire Side Poets from the Romantic Period of Literature Appreciate Nature - ... The poem shared the just of the story but by saying Paul warned people out of the goodness of his heart is what made it romanticized. He was ordered to do so and had knowledge of the war for some time before that. Some other fireside poets were, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, & John Greenleaf Whittier. Just as the Fire side poets, the transcendentalist were also really into nature. The transcendentalist had a deep love for nature. They believed that life with more simplicity is just as fulfilling if not more than a life filled with worldly possessions....   [tags: transcendentalist, gothic, war] 585 words
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The Relationship Between Man and Nature in Emerson and Thoreau - Emerson and Thoreau both were a good writing and study in same college and both of them uses a different technique to express their idea and thought to the people. Emerson was born in 1803-1882, he lives in Massachusetts and study in Harvard. He met words worth, Coleridge and Carlye in England in 1883 and he was known for challenging traditional thoughts after he published his first book called “Nature” which is the best expression of his transcendentalism. Thoreau was born in 1817-1862; he lived in Massachusetts and studied in Harvard same like Emerson and he became friend with Emerson in 1837....   [tags: transcendentalism, self-awareness]
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Taking a Brief Look at Transcendentalism - According to transcendentalism, the obligations of an individual to society are to defy unjust laws with civil disobedience. This thought of defying laws with civil disobedience became popular in the 50’s and 60’s but was theorized back in the early 19th century. The first transcendentalist to discuss this concept was Henry David Thoreau. He created the concept of fighting with peace instead of arms. The most recent transcendentalist, Martin Luther King Jr., tells us that civil disobedience is the most right way to deal with unjust laws....   [tags: literary, politcal and philosophical movement]
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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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Chris McCandless is a Transcendentalist - In the film Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn, viewers may have gathered enough evidence to back up their thoughts on Christopher McCandless being a transcendentalist or a non-transcendentalist. Chris portrayed the effort of being a transcendentalist just as Ralph Waldo Emerson and David Thoreau did. He abandoned his nice life to hitchhike all over North America and he was happy about it. McCandless unfortunately died in the wilderness of Alaska after he had eaten moldy seeds. Sooner or later, that mistake was enough to end his life....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays] 609 words
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The Spirit of Individualism: Transcendentalism - In the unit “The Spirit of Individualism” there are two parts, “Celebrations of the self” and “The Dark side of Individualism” with pieces that present very different perspectives on human nature. “The Dark side of Individualism” portrays human nature as greedy, confused, easily caught up in fame, and addicted to wealth and possessions. In “Celebrations of the Self”, human nature is viewed in a more positive light. The characteristics shown are self reliance, independence, wisdom and selflessness....   [tags: thoreau, romanticism] 614 words
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Transcendentalism and Literary Analysis - 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 entitle...   [tags: self-reliance, David Thoreau] 617 words
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Transcendentalism: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Christopher McCandless - “Everyman, I will go with thee and by thy guide, in thy most need to go by thy side,” said Randolf Hayes while talking about Ralph Waldo Emerson. One of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s pieces of literature is The American Scholar. This connects to Jon Krakuaer’s novel, Into the Wild. All of these pieces connect because they all show transcendentalism. I think that McCandless has a great deal of respect for Franz. In the letter McCandless writes to Franz, he talks about how beautiful life is. I connected this to the question “What would a barrier of natural respect look like?” I love how McCandless says “God has placed it around us....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays] 617 words
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Free College Essays - The Evil of Mankind portrayed in Melville’s Moby Dick -             Melville’s primary focus in his classic novel Moby Dick is the evil of mankind, a point of focus consistent with his anti-Transcendental philosophical alignment.  In Moby Dick, Melville illistrates man’s feelings of evil toward fellow man and nature through his thoroughly developed plot and character.  Melville also illistrated this in the components of the thematic layer which, underlies almost every character’s personal motives.             Analysis of Melville’s own motives helps to clarify the author’s reasoning behind each of the examples of man’s evil in his novel.  In order to fully understand his anti-Transcendental belief, it is necessary to first comprehend the origin...   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 623 words
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Concept of Transcendentalism in Walden - Walden is written by Henry David Thoreau, an American author, poet, philosopher, and a leading transcendentalist. The Walden is written in 1st person on how the author, Henry David Thoreau, was determined to find out everything he can about human nature. In order to do so, Thoreau moves to the woods because he believes that Society’s Normal concerns like, Money and material goods would block his understanding. Transcendentalism is a philosophy that emphasizes the Importance of the spiritual over the physical....   [tags: Hery David Thoreau novel analysis] 625 words
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The Arrival of the Puritans to the United States - ... First, the Puritans were intolerant of other religions and viewpoints that contradicted their own. Roger Williams’ banishment from the Massachusetts colony in 1635 for refusing to abide by Puritan laws he found to contradict his own personal beliefs, such as swearing oaths of loyalty to any person other than Jesus Christ, and Anne Hutchinson’s banishment for similar reasons exemplifies the Puritan’s intolerance (Sanna). Second, the Puritan faith was absurdly restrictive. While the did believe in recreation and relaxation, they believe rejoicing in God was “true” relaxation and activities such as theater, gambling, music, art, and dancing were viewed as “poison” (Daniels)....   [tags: transcendentalist, romanticism] 626 words
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Moby Dick Qoutes Ch.36 and 86 - Quotes from Moby Dick Chapter 36 Capitalism- On Pg. 170 Ahab says “All ye mast headers have before now heard me give orders of a white whale. Look ye. D’ye see this Spanish ounce of gold. It is a sixteen dollar piece men. Whoever of ye raises me a white headed whale with a wrinkled brow and a crooked jaw, he shall have this gold ounce. This example relates to capitalism because Ahab uses money as a way to motivate his men much like money is used as a motivator in a capitalist society. Transcendentalism- On Pg.172 and 173 Ahab talks about his feelings toward moby dick....   [tags: essays research papers] 626 words
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The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthore and Transcendentalism - The Minister's Black Veil By Nathaniel Hawthorne Anti-Transcendentalists believed that everything has a good or evil side, and that the truths about these matters would be terrifying and disturbing. Both of these views are represented in the story, The Minister's Black Veil, where Mr. Hooper wear's a black veil to conceal his hidden sin. He can't understand why everyone judges him differently just because of his black veil. These contrasting views help us view ourselves and how we should view others....   [tags: essays research papers] 645 words
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Into the Wild: Henry David Thoreau and Chris McCandless - ... He burned the cash in his wallet, gave $25,000 to charity, abandoned his car, and abruptly left his family. He seemed to be replicating Thoreau's life of solitude within nature when he lived in a cabin for years and wrote Walden. Amidst Chris' journey he said, “I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here... rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth. ” (142). McCandless' objective was clear, change his life and find truth in the world around him through the environment....   [tags: Transcendentalism]
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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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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 - 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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Self Reliance - The essay “Self-Reliance”, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a persuasive essay promoting the ways of transcendentalism. He uses this paper to advance a major point using a structure that helps his argument. In the paper, Emerson begins his concluding thoughts with a statement that greater self-reliance will bring a revolution. He then applies this idea to society and all of its aspects, including religion, education, and art. This brings Emerson to a new, more precise focus on how society never advance, rather it recedes on one side as fast as it gains on the other....   [tags: essays research papers] 692 words
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Henry David Thoreau and Transcendentalism - Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau ended up going to Harvard College and while he was there he studied Greek and Latin as well as German. During the time that he was studying he got ill and had to take a break from studying. In the year of 1837 he graduated from Harvard but after this he really did not know what he was going to do. Since he did not know what he wanted to do he ended up creating a school with his brother in 1838. Not long after John became ill and the school soon collapsed....   [tags: study, school, guity] 698 words
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Scarlet Letter - For a person to be able to make a change in their life is a monumental task. To be able to make a change that can be life changing is a true test of a person’s will and desire. In the novel the Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne changes from an adulteress that is despised by the community, to an able woman that the community depends on through her repentance of her sin, faith in transcendentalism, and her daughter Pearl. Hester Prynne is cast out as an adulteress from the Puritan society, because she had a baby with another man than her husband....   [tags: essays research papers] 699 words
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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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Biography of Reverend William Emerson, Waldo - ... Mary was stubborn in her religious views, and would eventually cause her influence Emerson’s writing to diminish somewhat(). Nevertheless Mary Emerson had a grand influence on Waldo’s philosophy and his writing. Like Reverend William Emerson, Waldo became a Unitarian minister in his early adult life (). Unitarianism is a branch of Christianity that came to have a strong hold on Boston in the Early 19th Century and was said to be the ‘essential faith of the American Transcendentalists’ due to other transcendentalists having this faith()....   [tags: writing style, christianity]
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Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson - You look around at your surroundings, and analyze everything you see. The phone that rests on your coffee table reminds you of the phone you threw at your best friend when you learn she betrayed you- that was the day when you realized you had to be your own best friend. The brown coffee table takes you back to when you looked into your dog's deep hazel eyes and realized that you had to put her out of her misery and give her a lethal shot- that sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing to do are the same....   [tags: leader of the transendentalist movement]
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Comparing the American Dream of the Transcendentalists with that of The Great Gatsby - Comparing the American Dream of 19th Century Transcendentalists with that of The Great Gatsby The American Dream remains viewed as the success which one obtains. The American Dream has had a great impact on literature as well as an impact on the changing of time periods. The 19th century Transcendentalists’ idea of the American Dream focuses on reaching one’s goals by honest, hard work. On the other hand, Gatsby’s idea of the American Dream in the 20th century centers on becoming successful by way of illegal money that was not acquired through working....   [tags: essays research papers] 731 words
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Systems of Philosphy: Transcendentalism - Transcendentalism Essay Transcendentalism is the system of philosophy that leads to reality. William Bryant, Henry Thoreau, and Ralph Emerson illustrate the ideas of transcendentalism through their works. Although transcendentalism is an opinionated subject, there are still universal judgments about the philosophy. An argument presented in Thanatopsis (Bryant’s work) is that constantly worrying about death is pointless because it’s a perpetual fact of life. There is no stopping it. Bryant, Thoreau, and Emerson employs paradox, pathos, and logos to illustrate their believes on individualism, death, and self-reliance....   [tags: Emerson, Bryant, Thoreau] 734 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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Transcendentalism and a Celebrity Transcendentalist: Leonardo DiCaprio - ... He was the first American to purchase the new Fisker Karma hybrid luxury sports sedan. The Karma uses battery power. Diccaprio can easily afford any car if his dreams, but he chooses to drive a vehicle that is not going to hurt the environment. However, he does not stop there. In 2008, DiCaprio purchased one of the greenest condominiums in New York City. This condo is a LEED Gold Rated building, it includes low emission paints, locally sourced, renewable materials, 24-hour filtered air system and it's own water treatment facility....   [tags: Nature, Individual, Philosophy] 747 words
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Biography of Henry David Thoreau - ... Thoreau was enriched by his findings and once he was satisfied with what he found, he felt like he could return to society (Shmoop Team, 1, 2008). While there, he learned to be pure in mind but tolerant to others (Kifer, 1, 2010). Thoreau thought life was not all about wealth, which was what everyone else believed it was. His basic philosophy on life was that life’s goal was to be the exploration of the mind and the world together (Kifer, 1). Through his eyes, life was not meant to be spent worrying over frivolous, pointless details, but on the important things....   [tags: american transcendentalist, philosophy] 755 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: Civil Disobedience, Transcendentalist Movement] 771 words
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Anti-Transcendentalists - Antitranscendentalists Do you know anyone who is destroying themselves and others by their actions. If so this person is an antitranscendentalist. Antitranscendentalism is a literary term to describe a character’s potential to do harm to themselves. Along with bringing harm to himself or killing himself, he usually brings harm to others in one form or another. Another characteristic of an antitranscendentalist character is that there is usually signs or clues that tell the character that he is destroying himself, but the character chooses the ignore the signs or clues....   [tags: essays research papers] 772 words
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