Transcendentalism By Ralph Waldo Emerson Analysis

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“History”, “Friendship”, “Love”, and “Self-reliance” are all “slices” of a series of essays written by the renowned transcendental author Ralph Waldo Emerson. His essays are all pieces to a “Transcendentalist pie” of sorts. They all play a major part in the whole scheme of the transcendental view viewpoint and exemplify transcendental beliefs. The main focuses of these essays are all intertwined by the common ground Transcendentalism and its many facets. Even though there are many points of emphasis in these essays, they all have one major focal point. “History” is one essay in which the focal point maybe hard to find or understand, but it’s there. History speaks mostly of one major transcendental belief, which is the universal mind or universal…show more content…
Everything is connected somehow in a way that we cannot comprehend or fathom. “History” is probably one of the most difficult essays to read and follow, but upon further examination, the main point can be found. Unlike “History”, the remaining essays are fairly easy to follow and comprehend. “Love” is purely about the feeling of love. He tries to explain the feeling of love but only speaks of what he has probably seen others experience and heard others speak about it. Emerson states the love cannot be described but only experienced. I find it ironic that Emerson speaks to love so highly but so reverent. It seems as if he has never experienced love and is detached from the matter, spouting out mere speculation. “Friendship” on the other hand is spoken of by Emerson as if he has some sort of connection. His main point is that friendship is truly a gift from the heavens. He speaks highly of it in many ways and giving fairly good examples. “Self-reliance” is merely on the point of nonconformity. Emerson…show more content…
In “History” it seems as if there is not organization at all, but there is a faint glimpse of organization. Emerson does use inductive reasoning throughout his essays which is one aspect all of the essays have in common. The rest of the essays, “Love”, “Frienship”, and “Self-reliance” have a much more organized structure than “History”, but still not as clear as you would want a text to be. Each essay lacks a myriad of quotes, but does include examples that do give Emerson something to lean

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