In the year of 1837 they were great friends. If it wasn't for Emerson's self-reliance then he would still be Thoreau's friend. Emerson's company made it possible for Thoreau's career choice to come true. In 1837, Emerson suggested that Thoreau keep a journal which covered thousands of pages before his final entry two months before his death. He then polished some essays he had written in college and then wrote some poems.
In the book Give Me Liberty: An American History by Eric Foner he notes that: “Puritanism, however, was not simply a set of ideas but a state of mind, a zealousness in pursuing the true faith that alienated many who held differing religious views” (Foner 63). The Puritans saw religion not as just a belief but as life, they had an obligation to God to be the ideal Christians. This idea that their religion was their life lead to the idea of a covenant with God. Including this is Digital History The Puritan Idea of the Covenant: “All social relationships...were envisioned in terms of a covenant or contract which rested on consent and mutual responsibilities.” This idea of a covenant emphasized the Puritans' belief that they were responsible of their religion and to live up to their end of the contract they had to follow God's law or the bible to a “T”. The Puritans' beliefs were incredibly strong, but this overzealous attitude towards their religious beliefs contributed to troubles down the road.
Latin was taught in school due to the fact that it was Europe’s international language. One method of learning Latin was memorizing long passages of prose and poetry. “However, Shakespeare was very innovative, adapting the traditional style to his own purposes and creating a freer flow of words.” (“William Shakespeare.” Biography). “He was an opportunistic reader, who gathered quickly what needed.” (Ackroyd 54). When Shakespeare was at the age of fourteen, his father lost approval and he had to withdraw from school, but “at [his] early age, he may have possessed an instinctive grasp of structure and of narrative.” (Ackroyd 54).
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen born in 1959 is an American political scientist most famous for his book, Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, which hypothesizes that all ordinary Germans were actively in favor of the holocaust because of the supposedly unique and virulent "eliminationist" anti-Semitism that was a part of the common consciousness in Germany throughout history. He claims that this special mentality cannot be fully understood by non-Germans and that it was unique to Germany; eliminationist anti-Semitism grew out of medieval attitudes that were religiously based. Later they became more secularly based, but the anti-Semitism remained the same. Goldhagen holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and was a professor at Harvard for many years. He is the winner of Germany’s highly prestigious triennial Democracy Prize and currently a member of Harvard's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.
He made great attempts to know people thoroughly before finally judging them. This was one of the greater strengths he posses in life. This helped him build the reputation that stuck with him over the years and that he became known for. However, Miller had a contradicting weakness along with his strength. He had an eagerness to express his judgement, which became a downfall for him.
He criticizes conformity: "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." By doing these things, men may find happiness and self-fulfillment.
Emerson was a prominent writer and philosopher of the time famous for his transcendentalist view on life and God. Transcendentalism divided the universe into "Nature and Soul" and classified people as either "Materialists or Idealists" (Schneider, 1987). Transcendentalists disagreed with John Locke's "blank slate" theory of human development believing rather that we are, "born with certain innate ideas that provide a direct connection between the child and God." Therefore, a transcendentalist should "hold oneself above merely material concerns and to focus one's energies on attaining moral and spiritual excellence." (Schneider, 1987).
Donne laid his spirituality as a foundation to his work which allowed him to shape his poetry to greater extents of spirituality and morality. Although Donne is widely known for the spiritual allusions in his work, he also wrote love poem. His poetry was not inspired by a single person, but rather his surroundings and tragic emotional experiences sparked his creativity. Characteristics of the Elizabethan era are evident in his work. He was also inspired by the developments of science and religion, this is evident in both Death be not Proud, as well as The Rising Sun.
Much of Dostoyevsky's life experiences, especially early on, provided much influence for his writings. Dostoyevsky's determination to become a writer was stimulated by the literary upbringing by his parents and excellent education through private schools (Frank 4). Dostoyevsky made up his mind to become a writer soon after finishing from the School of Military Engineering in Saint Petersburg in 1843. Dostoyevsky's father wished Dostoyevsky would become a military man. His father was murdered by his own serfs in 1839 in Tula (Eiermann).
The reason Steinbeck enrolled to Stanford was to please his parents; to please himself he only signed up for classes that interested him; such as classical and British literature [Dr. Susan Shillinglaw]. Steinbeck’s passion was writing, not only during his Stanford life but throughout his whole life. The President of the English Club said that Steinbeck, who went to meetings regularly, asked Steinbeck to read his stories out loud. In the 1920’s Steinbeck developed a “biological” view of human nature because he took literature and biology, a perspective that highly influenced his fiction. From 1919 to 1925, Steinbeck left Stanford without getting a degree, Steinbeck dropped in and out of the University, sometimes to work with migrants on California ranches.