Examples Of Transcendentalism In Christopher Mccandless

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Imagine living in a place where there is no stress, no mainstream society problems, just you, and your freedom. This is called living a transcendentalist life. Transcendentalism is an idealistic philosophical and social movement that developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism. Influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on feminism and communal living. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were central figures. This is the life that Christopher Mccandless lifes by. Christopher McCandless proves he is living life of a transcendentalist when he lives in the wild, and choosing to leave the good society he had for him, burning all of his money only so he could keep what he actually makes. Christopher Mccandless follows the transcendental perspective when he isolates himself from loved ones as we see in solitude, living on his own hard worked money, finding new happiness, and enjoy nature for what is…show more content…
While kayaking, Chris comes across these two people who have been living on the road for a very long time. These two people go by Mads and Sonja. While talking with one another about their experiences, Mads says to Chris as he talks down about nature, “I love this. Don't you love this? This is nature. We see it in the American movies. How come you're crazy?” (Into The Wild). The transcendentalist idea that goes along with this as previously stated is living in nature to find yourself. We see this from almost everyone Chris encounters on his journey and especially during the time of meeting Mads and Sonja. This helps Chris realize how good nature has been to him and just how he can really live the life he wants to, in nature and in the
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