Transcendentalism and Literary Analysis

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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 entitled Walden.

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple computers, was influenced by the very same transcendental ideas expressed by Ralph Waldo Emerson, namely self-reliance and determination. Rather than conforming to the accepted path of success, Steve Jobs chose to do things his own way, with determination. He dropped out of college and began only taking classes he found interesting, then he starte...

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