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American Transcendentalism

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Kelsey Deighan

on 17 May 2010

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Transcript of American Transcendentalism

American Transcendentalism Difference between Transcendentalism and Romanticism Romanticism Transcendentalism Nature is perfect and Man is flawed. The truth can be found in Nature. Nature is Symbolic and Man
is the most important thing.
The truth can be found within
each individual. The Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson Emily Dickenson Henry David Thoreau Thinks that Jesus is a very good human being
who saw the truth, but is NOT God. We should
all try to see the truth as He saw it... He Wrote... Nature (essay-1836)
All humans are connected
to everything in nature.
We all share a common soul
that we tap into with our
intuition. Self Reliance (book of essays)
We don't need to find the truth
in books or higher authority, just
nature. Key Points Nature- a reflection on
the inner spirit. Religion and Spirituality-
Spirituality is more important than
religion or dogmas. Transcendentalism
is more like Buddhism and Hinduism than
Christianity. Government- it can't control
the minds of the individuals.
Often, war is unjust and
unnecessary. Allusions- they often use Greek
mythology, Chinese philosophy, and
Biblical stories. Divorced from society. His ultimate purpose was solitude. Lived in the woods alone for
2 years and 2 months. He Wrote... Civil Disobedience-
He encouraged defiance against
unjust laws and nonviolent resistance. "Government is best which
governs least." "Live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I cannot learn what it has to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Dead Poets Society anybody? He heavily influenced people
during the civil war (he was
EXTREMELY against slavery. He
even supported the underground
railroad.) Other people who claim to be inspired by Thoreau...
Martin Luther King Jr.
Nelson Mandela She wrote many of her poems in only
6 years and many were not published
until after her death. After some time at school, she decided
to stay alone by herself, in peace with
her journals and her garden- she never
left the property. Why is her work significant? Emily writes about nature, love,
freedom, God, and immortality, to
say the least. She follows transcendentalist ideals and ideology. "Life is so startling, it leaves
little time for anything else." The difference between Emily and other Trans.
writers is that she did not write with the
intention of inspiring others or leading a
nation to living fuller lives- instead she was
just a women contemplating and searching for the
truth within herself, and not realizing so many
people would eventually be searching with her.
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