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Transcendentalism: The Importance of Nature

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Toni Powell

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Transcript of Transcendentalism: The Importance of Nature

Nature
by Emerson
Transcendentalism
Transcendentalists believed believed in individuality, self-reliance, idealism, confidence, intuition, simplicity, spirituality, living in the moment, civil disobedience, and the importance of nature. Our project will focus on the belief in the importance of nature.
Nature
Transcendentalists believe that nature allows us to escape from reality. They believe it can free our minds so that we can connect with our inner spirit.
Emerson & Thoreau
The two transcendentalists we are focusing on are Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Through the texts,
Nature
by Ralph Waldo Emerson and
Walden
by Henry David Thoreau we find many examples of how they veiwed nature. He learn how it makes them feel, what it does for them, and what it can do for us.
Cites:
"In the woods we return to reason and faith."
This quotation shows that nature help people escape from their busy everyday lives, which in turn lets them free their minds and focus more on their faith and spirituality.
Walden
by Thoreau
"The morning wind forever blows, the poem of creation is uninterrupted; but few are the ears that hear it."
In
Walden
he experiences nature unlike anyone else by immersing himself in it and eliminating other distractions. He notices the beauty of sunsets, sunrises, and wildlife.
Walden
by Henry David Thoreau (pg 410)
Nature
by Ralph Waldo Emerson (pg 390)
youtube
http://mp3.pm/s/f/the+hanging+tree/
Popular Culture
This video shows exactly how much over half of the districts take advantage of nature and need it in order to survive. The capital shows people the exact
opposite
of what transcendentalism is.
Connection to Popular Culture
The Hunger Games Trilogy is very popular in the United States.
There are many examples of the importance of nature in the trilogy including: natural resources that each of the districts provide to the capital, and the song "Hanging Tree".
Each of the 12 districts provide the capital with natural resources such as: coal, masonry, fishing, grain, livestock, agriculture, and lumber.
Transcendentalism:
The Importance of Nature
Toni Powell & Kenzie Rosenlieb
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