Transcendentalism Essay

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American Culture and How It Reflects In Transcendentalism Transcendentalism was a movement that began in the 1830s through the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Transcendentalism has to do with self-reliance, nature and the connection among man, God, and nature. It tells someone to listen to oneself and go by one's own choices instead of what society tells one to do. Transcendental perspectives show the beauty in nature and all of what can come out of it. People today often do not think that way anymore and have argued that Transcendentalism has died out over the years. However, one may need to take into account a modern conception of individuality and the beauty of nature. Transcendentalism is present in American culture…show more content…
For instance, Twisted Sisters were a band from New York in the 1980’s who released a song called “We're Not Gonna Take It” in 1984. This song relates to the individualism of Transcendentalism with lyrics like “we've got the right to choose”, “This is our life, this is our song we'll fight the powers that be just, don’t pick our destiny because you don't know us, you don't belong” (Twisted Sisters). This relates to Transcendentalism with the idea of individualism and how you go by your own choices and choose your own destiny, despite what society tells you to do. This song says “we're not gonna take” what society throws at us and we will do our own thing in our own…show more content…
He is known mostly for his songs about his race and equality and also making your own decisions that are right, which ties into Transcendentalism. In his song “How Much A Dollar Cost,” he raps about refusing to give a homeless man a dollar but the man turns out to be God. “The nerve of Nazareth, and i'll tell you just how much a dollar cost, the price of having a spot in heaven, embrace your loss, I am God” (Kendrick Lamar). This relates to a quote that Emerson used in Self Reliance "A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace” (Emerson). This talks about when you have done what you think is right then you are happy and feel completed but when you do not you do not feel at peace with yourself and start to feel guilt. Transcendentalism is still brought out through music in modern day America and it has not died

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