Both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau discuss the role of the individual in great lengths. In Emerson’s Self Reliance he expresses his frustration with the general population’s unwillingness to fulfill the duties of the individual. Emerson believes that everyone has innovative thoughts and ideas, but only true revolutionaries have the courage to share them with the world. In Thoreau’s Resistance to Civil Government he focuses on the rights of the individual as part of the State, or government. He believes that it is the people’s duty to disobey the laws if they are unjust.
The majority of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, is about the idea of opting out of society. In the chapter “Solitude” Thoreau describes how “[his] horizon bounded by woods all to [himself]” is beautiful and solely his. As he is enjoying nature Thoreau states, “There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature” (111). This theme of being alone and appreciating nature carries throughout the entirety of the book, all leading to the fact that Thoreau believes the best way to live would be without society. Thoreau can not stand to pay his taxes because, “[he] did not pay a tax to, or recognize the authority of, the state which buys and sells men, women, and children” (145), leading to him being thrown in jail.
By acknowledging his aggressive behavior, he understood that his passion was driven towards an alternative path. After college, he encountered Ralph Waldo Emerson, a man who guided him towards self-reliance and Transcendentalism. Emerson was Thoreau’s idol as Thoreau acquired his passion for writing and Transcendentalism. Fortunately, Thoreau was permitted to use Emerson’s property, Walden Pond, in order to survive and withstand nature with minimal resources. He isolated himself away from society for two
Conformity and Rebellion in The Hunger Artist People do not always make their own individual decisions. In fact, many people’s opinions and actions are consistent with everyone around them. This is known as conformity. Conformity is an essential part in any culture. It can be the backbone to any society and provides stability and regularity.
This quote from the poem only makes Grendel seem like he is a vicious monster but, if anyone had read the novel they would know that Grendel was all alone in a world where he was like no one else. Now in the novel and the poem there is philosophy but the difference is that in the poem it is an older form of philosophy. “That I, alone and with the help of my men, may purge all evil from this hall,” (Lines 244-245). This philosophy was written in. Time where people believed that they would fight because they wanted to be the hero for the
In Henry David Thoreau’s essay Walking, he promotes the separation of society in order to transcend the limitations society brings that infringe on man’s ability to be truly free. Thoreau begins to explain just how pointless society is to him by writing, “Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps.”(Thoreau 7) To him the very idea of society in the form of cultivating the land does not bring prosperity, but the raw earth does. Walking away from the very idea of society brings mankind closer to future in which freedom is achievable. To Thoreau society hinders on man's ability to see a prosperous future. He highlights this yet again when writing, “I saw
Ueland asserts that writing is a natural process and a pleasant experience. Creativity is instinctual and automatic expression, which means that people are naturally creative. Furthermore, when people practice creative work they gain a calm ferocity and intensity of focus. Ueland emphasizes creativity is always present, often all you have to do is reach out and touch it, though it 's not always graspable when we want it, we might have to wait though it 's just a matter of time. Since, everyone is talented and creative something interesting will come eventually.
The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley says a person is responsible for their actions if they do not weigh the possible consequences of their actions before making their final decision. Throughout the novel, Mary Shelley shows the consequences of actions that are done without proper thought beforehand. Victor Frankenstein wants to create life, he wants to be god, and his lust for this goal overtakes his common sense. Victor rushes into making his creature and then makes rash decisions which also contributes to his demise and the death of several of his close friends and family. The monster should be held responsible for his actions to a certain extent, however, his actions are influenced by Victor’s initial impetuous decisions.
Niarb was a lone hermit that lived at the base of Mount Vision next to an enormous pond. He does not know how and why he was isolated from the human world, or possibly even if mankind existed. Niarb went through an endless loop of daily tasks to support himself in the exotic wilderness, but with so much free time he began to devise a plan to “see” the outside world. The farthest he could ever see was the lushy top of the amazon forest that was outside the cave he lived in, but he wanted to see more. To glimpse what was beyond his habitat, and to see if there were other hairless monkeys like himself.
What sparked my interest in the environment, and nature in general was getting lost while on a family hike when I was seven. While my parents consider it a horrible family memory, I found enjoyment in spending time in the calmness of the wilderness around me. When I came to college it was almost inevitable that I would study environmental science, but I was too intrigued by all aspects of science to know what I truly had a passion for. This quickly changed during a lab my first semester of college. For the lab we were sent out to record the amount the types of trees in forested parts of campus.