Contributions Of Emerson And Thoreau To The American Transcendentalism

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ShejutyGuho ID : 13203002 Syed Manzoorul Islam ENG 354 DATE:2/12/15 A Critical analysis on the Contribution of Emerson and Thoreau to the American Transcendentalism The idea of transcendentalism which is important to know, firstly it is a human sense can know only physical reality. Basically, the fundamental truths of being and the universe lie outside the reach of the sense and it can be grasped only through intuition. So, it’s focus on the human spirit. It’s interested in the natural world and it’s relationship to humanity. It is a believe that if people explored nature thoroughly, they would come to know themselves and the universal truths better. All forms of being God, nature and humanity are spiritually united through a shared universal soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are two greatest follower of this theory. In this paper the matter of analysis on a critical analysis on the contribution of Emerson and Thoreau to the American transcendentalism. Ralph Waldo Emerson(1803-1882) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) were two important American writers and leader of the transcendentalism movement. Emerson was a poet and essayist known for his philosophical exploration of the individual. His most famous works were Nature, ‘The American Scholar’ and ‘Self Reliance’. Emerson wrote on ideas such an individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost
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