As he steps off of the plane and back to safety, he finally realises something is off. In the few years he had been stuck on that island, it seems as if everything has evolved. He will have to change to fit the new society. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, there is a surprisingly basic conflict underlying this whole book. That conflict is between nature and civilization.
Nature is a beautiful component of planet earth which most of us are fortunate to experience; Ralph Waldo Emerson writes about his passion towards the great outdoors in a passage called Nature. Emerson employs metaphors and analogies to portray his emotions towards nature. Emerson begins by writing, “Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers.” , this is a metaphor for how we think; all our knowledge is based on what is recorded in the olden days and a majority of our experiences are vicarious instead of firsthand encounters.
Anti-Transcendentalism vs Transcendentalism The writings of anti-transcendentalist authors, like Poe or Hawthorne, have a few obvious differences from the writings by transcendentalist authors, like Emerson and Thoreau, including differences in the mood and the way nature is depicted. All the stories by the anti-transcendentalists are characterized by their dark, cynical mood. For example, Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado” is about a man who traps his friend inside a tomb and leaves him to die. Not only does this story have a disturbing plot, it is also full of dark, creepy imagery, like the description of the setting inside the crypt.
Transcendentalists believed nature is a source of truth and inspiration. They are people who go beyond who go beyond the reasoning of something. For example Thoreau and Emerson were transcendentalist who had these same beliefs. It is important to be an independent thinker because it teaches you not to be like other people and to be your own unique person. “I am a transparent eyeball, I am nothing; it’s all the currents of the universal being circulate through me; I am a particle of god”- Emerson.
In the Book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn There are many Symbols but main one is That the Mississippi River Represents Freedom. In the book Huck and Jim take off in a raft to escape two horrible people called the king and the duke. Huck then says “So, in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and nobody to bother us.” The Mississippi River seems to give Huck and Jim more freedom from the horrible society and the people in it. The Ending of book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is very controversial because the ending seems to stand against everything the book has taught.
Thoreau v. Emerson: Transcendentalism Started with the help of Ralph Waldo Emerson, transcendentalism was a movement that focused on finding truth in nature and discovering the sublime. As the movement got more traction, philosophers such as Henry David Thoreau furthered the idea of transcendentalism by living in the woods in search of the sublime and to apply Emerson’s philosophies. In Emerson’s essay, “Nature,” he defined the main principals of transcendentalism and started a movement which influenced many, including Thoreau, who devoted himself to these ideals, which he wrote about in “Walden Pond.” While the two both believe that one must seek the truth in nature to truly know him or herself, the difference is what they believe should be done with nature as their teacher. Emerson believed that one can discover his or her identity through nature and then use it as a guide on how to life one’s life.
People always want to look like they fit in with the crowd, or the herd, but transcendentalists and their works, think otherwise. The works of Emerson’s “Nature” reveals to us his life within the forest, and his bonding with Nature. He also shows to us how he doesn’t care about how he acts within the forest, moreso acting like a child. Another piece of transcendentalist work, “Civil Disobedience” by Thoreau, uncovers his book about his two years, behind bars in prison. He ended up in prison due to refusing to pay a highway tax in which he believed what was an unjust taxing, for a horrible cause.
Whether Timothy Treadwell would have ever considered himself a transcendentalist or not, we’ll never know, but Werner Herzog paints him as such in his film Grizzly Man. Herzog took pains, through editing, to present us with a man who followed his heart, over his head, into nature as he rejected society in the pursuit of the deeper truths he thought he could find through life with the bears. Like the darkly romantic and anti-transcendentalist Herman Melville, Herzog himself seems to reject this view, finding in nature not transcendent beauty but only hunger, chaos, and death. The way Timmy saw nature was that is was wonderful, that it could harm him but if he showed who was the boss, nature would leave him be.
The Right of Eminent Domain Eminent domain -- the right of a government to take private property for public use by the superior dominion of the sovereign power over all lands within its authority. The United States uses Eminent Domain to put aside land every year for National Parks (i.e. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Everglades). However, in recent years, the government has been under attack for seizing these lands. Some people argue it’s a violation of the Fifth Amendment which states that any land taken by the government from private property must be given compensation. Because of this, it has become more challenging for the United States government to reserve land for public use.
Transcendence “My time in the woods is time spent with a tutor on how to live” (Chris Matakas; My Mastery). Transcendentalism is defined as the idea that someone can isolate themselves from the world in nature in order to grow as a person and develop a sound mind. There are two very famous transcendentalists who are known for their works on and lifestyle of transcendentalism. They are Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.