To begin, Melville believed that "we are all sons, grandsons, or nephews or great-nephews of those who go before us. No one is his own sire." Thus, his writings both mimic Emerson's views and repel it. For ex...
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In conclusion, all three authors, Dickinson, Melville, and Hawthorne use Emerson's ideas of individuality in their respective writings. They stressed the importance of the individual over he hypocrisy of society. Although Emerson's views were optimistic, Dickinson, Melville, and Hawthorne have pessimistic sociological views. Melville believed that as an individual, one had no power in one's society. Dickinson disqualified society and reiterated the importance of individualism. She thought that if individualism was not in existence, people would die of insanity. Finally, Hawthorne believed that to attain individualism, one needed to cast off any association to technology and science. Thus, due to Emerson's writings and views, Dickinson, Melville, and Hawthorne attempted to change the 19th century's view of one's life and one's soul.
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