Ralph Waldo Emerson : The History And History Of Transcendentalism

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Transcendentalism is the idea that society has corrupted the individual’s mind. Transcendentalists believe that people are of higher quality when they use their individual mind and are independent of the views of the world (“Transcendentalism”) This movement started in 1836, by three men, and was said to have died out following Margaret Fuller’s death in 1850 (“Transcendentalism”). One of the founders of the Transcendentalist Movement was Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was born on May 25, 1803, in Boston, Massachusetts. His ancestors concluded of a long line of clergymen, which Emerson was for the first part of his adult life (“Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography.com”). Emerson graduated from Harvard University, followed by Harvard School of Divinity. In 1826, Emerson was officially a licensed minister (“Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography.com”). He was only a clergyman for only five years. The death of his wife, Ellen, pushed him into a deep grief and resulted in his resigning from clergyman (“Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography.com”). “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”, is a quote of Emerson’s that he lived by concerning the events of his life (“Ralph Waldo Emerson > Quotes”). Emerson traveled through Europe and returned lecturing on spiritual experiences and moral living. It was when he moved to Concord, Massachusetts, that he found people who now viewed life as he did (“Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography.com”). Emerson was the most influential of the Transcendentalists. He did not turn his back on God, but merely searched for a deeper connection with Him (“Ralph Waldo Emerson in Transcendentalism”). In Emerson’s essay, “Self-Reliance”, he talks about freeing ourselves and re... ... middle of paper ... ...rtner. I believe the reason to Emerson’s disliking of religious groups and political parties was the fact that there was one person who was in charge and everyone followed, nearly blindly. Works Cited The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Transcendentalism." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., 19 Apr. 2017. Web. 12 June 2017. . "Ralph Waldo Emerson." Biography.com. A&E Networks Television, 02 Apr. 2014. Web. 12 June 2017. . "Ralph Waldo Emerson > Quotes." Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes (Author of Self-Reliance and Other Essays). N.p., n.d. Web. 12 June 2017. . "Transcendentalism." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 June 2017. Web. 12 June 2017. . Shmoop Editorial Team. "Ralph Waldo Emerson in Transcendentalism." Shmoop. Shmoop University, 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 12 June 2017. .
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