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Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau

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Kimberly Chen

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau

Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau Following the Footsteps of the Pioneers of Transcendentalism The First Step The Final Step We encourage you to take notes on our authors and place yourself in their state of mind as you consider the concept of transcendentalism! Ralph Waldo Emerson Regarded as an eccentric Henry David Thoreau Transcendentalism was an intellectual movement founded by Emerson Transcendentalism Please refer to your notes and get excited for our thoreau-ly analytical yet fun game that involves cookies in 3..2..1.... Personal Life (1803-1882) 1811 1835+ 1817 Age 8 Age 14 1831 Age 28 Frederic Henry Hedge George Palmer Putnam George Ripley Henry Thoreau Highly individualistic mind that resisted conformity
Primarily a poet
Beliefs of individuality and humanity's spiritual connection to nature and society
Impact on young people of the time "Self-Reliance" Envy
Accepting oneself and one's condition "To be great is to be misunderstood" Ellen Louisa Tucke Nature and man must live in harmony Over-Soul Self-reliance, wisdom, and independence from society Transcendentalism v Romanticism Knowledge v Emotion Spirituality Nature (1817-1862) rarely followed rules
objection to corporal punishment
tested Transcendentalist philosophy through personal experience
Explored and wrote about spiritual relationship between humanity and nature
Walden Pond Civil Disobedience resist governmental policies with which you disagree
Government does not achieve; it simply stays out of the way while man does
Man should voice what government they willingly follow so we can aim for that
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