Transcendentalism: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Christopher McCandless

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“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. It is everything and anything we experience.” The way he tries to tell Franz to go discover the world is so persuading because the way he describe the outdoors and life is so passionate and beautiful. McCandless views life as a true transcendentalist and embraces the natural world and steps away from society while Franz keeps to himself and fears stepping out of his comfort zone. McCandless sets on that journey not to prove anything but to find himself. McCandless...
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