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Transcendentalism through Popular Culture

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Transcendentalism
Songs
Self Reliance: "Fighter" Christina Aguilera
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins well illustrates the idea of transcendentalism by expressing nonconformity, self-reliance, free thought, confidence. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, is self-reliant due to living in the poorest district of twelve. She then proceeds to find her confidences as shes progresses through a regorious competition. As the series then progresses we see her free thought develop were she begins to non conform to her society.
Fahrenheit 451 well expresses transcendentalism by showing the ideas of nonconformity, free thought, individualism, and nature. Montage questions his own society with the help of Clarissa who herself represents transcendentalist thought by thinking differently than her society and what she ponders. montage then by himself acts on his own against his very own society. Being followed by a mechanical dog who represents conformity.
Video Games
Movies
Transcendentalism through Pop Culture
Everything in the world, including human beings, is a reflection of the divine soul
Nature is the doorway to the spiritual or idea world
People can use their intuition to behold God's spirit revealed in nature or their own souls
Self-reliance and individualism is more important than authority and conformity to tradition
Feelings and intuition are superior to deliberate intellectualism and rationality
The Last Samurai
Stresses self-reliance on the old ancient samurai ways in comparison to the newer technological advancement
Furthermore, importance of nature is expressed through the channeling of energy through nature being one with yourself
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time. Tying alongside with nonconformity, self-reliance, confidence, and the importance of nature. Link, is a fictional character who is also known as a "hero." He undergoes spiritual growth, tough trials, and near death experiences in order to triumph over evil and himself. Because He is a hero, Link courageously goes through many rigorous quests that no common person would dare to go through. He doesn't follow regular life, he defies everyday life practices; to the sense he follows things creatively and his own way. defying, if any, society and everyday life.
Literature
Alter-ego. Self-Reliance
"Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser"
The song is about a man breaking a girls heart and she realizes she needs to depend on herself to be a greater person.
Importance of nature
Television
The Hunger Games series
Avatar (2012)
Conservationist views and beliefs on the preservation of the environment
Expressed the beauty and importance the environment holds within our world
Link vs Dark Link. The alter-ego of his heroic and courageous self. He is relying on his own wits to conquer himself. There is no escape; he must conquer his fears and defeat himself.
Self-Reliance
Man Vs Wild
This video should show the mundane repetitiveness he must face before progressing spiritually. and going though self actualization.
"Imagine"-John Lennon
Bear Grylls is put to may test an struggles when he is sent to different locations. He must face the harsh enviroment, severe weather, and the surrounding wildlife. He is only equipped with a few tools, his knowledge on nature, and his will power.
Forrest Gump (1998)
Creativity/ Free thought
Forrest always spoke his mind and always attempted to do the right thing
Oh and let's not forget Forrest had so much confident in himself he and Bubba could achieve anything
Confidence/ Importance of nature
This song represents free thought because it shows John Lennons view on the world.
Link as a child was chosen to be the "Hero of Time," in order to venture forth into Hyrule to slay evil, he must take part in courage and confidence in order to venture inside the "Great Deku Tree's" mouth and face the fears which lie within.
Regarding to importance of nature...the Tree is a wise guardian of those who live around it's vicinity, protecting the inhabitants that live around him. Always trust a talking tree. This tree is the definition of nature since he is 100% nature.
Confidence
"On top of the world" -imagine dragons
‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
This song represents confidence because it displays how someone feels like there strong
Death Note:
Light Yagami; a perfect candidate for nonconformity. A highschool senior with the sense of justice to eradicate all those "rotten" in this world, by writing the names of criminals in a notebook of death. He challenges society and follows his own path claiming that he will make a new world and be the "god" of this realm. Defying the government in hopes to capture a sense of leadership and free thought obtaining confidence in hoping to achieve great justice, shows his self reliance and wits in tricking the media and the police from being arrested. Light Yagami can also be considered the anti-hero as well as distributing the importance of nature, the nature of life, and death. Those who alter lifespans and attempt to change life as we know it, may fall into corruption, instability, and chaos.
FIN!!!!!!!!!!!
Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. “Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen.”
"My best hopes is to not disgrace myself and.. I want to die as myself. Does that make sense? he asks. i shake my head. how could he die as anyone but himself? i dont want them to change me in there. turn me into some kind of monster that i"m not... i keep wishing i could think of a way to... to show the capitol they don"t own me. that i"m more than just a piece in their games"
Fahrenheit 451
I sometimes think drivers dont know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly
nonconformist;
just takes what it wants.
Nature at its best
confidence
Cartoons
Confidence
Self-Reliance
Self-reliance
nonconformity
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