Transcendentalist emphasize a person’s individual freedoms and responsibilities, their connection to nature, and their spirituality. In the story Nature you can tell it is based on transcendentalism. “In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough and at what period soever of life is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth.” (Emerson, p. 367) In Nature, it thought that nature makes you feel young and well. You should be sure to just look and listen next time you are in the nature or just anywhere outside. “ ‘Will you turn the parlour off?’ he asked. ‘That’s my family’ said Mildred.” (Bradbury, part 1) Both of these are showing two different ways of
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”- Henry David Thoreau. Transcendentalism is an American philosophy that revolves around self-reliance and independence, commonly in nature, a Transcendentalist wants to find the true meaning in life. I believe that Chris McCandless was a Transcendentalist because he was able to leave his whole life behind and take on a minimalist lifestyle while having a strong relationship with god. However, I believe that I am not a Transcendentalist, but simply an adventurer. I had the opportunity to go to Mexico and visit the Yucatan rainforest and this lead me to be able to explore nature and feel the peaceful impact it can have on someone 's life.
Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless, and Henry David Thoreau express the aspects of Transcendentalism in their three points of view. Transcendentalism is based on the belief that human beings have self-wisdom and may gain this knowledge or wisdom by how nature flows. It has three common themes: self-wisdom, nature and its meaning, and social reform. Chris McCandless’s life expressed in Krakauer’s Into the Wild is similar to the Transcendental beliefs of Thoreau’s Walden.
There are over 7 billion people in the world. Of that 7 billion, there are many people who go against the norms of society. These people may go into the wild, like Chris McCandless, or they may be like Henry David Thoreau, who played a key role in the Transcendentalist movement. These people were thrilled for their adventures, even if they were being judged by others.
Transcendental Connections between Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Chris McCandless in John Krakauer’s Into the Wild
Peaceful resistance to laws was prevalent throughout the history of America; back then, it galvanized the government into actions like a catalyst.
Transcendentalism is commonly seen everywhere. It can be seen in pieces of literature, in plays like The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail, and even in speeches from famous leaders like “ A Time for Choosing” by Ronald Reagan. Transcendentalism is a different way of thinking in which you focus on yourself rather than society. As a transcendentalist, you focus on simplifying your life, being confident in yourself, and not conforming or listening to society. You focus on the importance of nature and believe in a higher power. Transcendentalism is commonly seen in both pieces of literature and famous speeches. For example, in the speech “A Time for Choosing”, we see many of the characteristics of transcendentalism, such as confidence. “We must have
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” (“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”). Thoreau lived his whole life trying to figure out what really matters to humanity. His personality was quite different than others. He was into individualism and he separated himself from society to live on his own and focus on becoming self-reliant.Thoreau’s seperation from society resulted in him being seperated from society and not needing anyone's help. Learning to live and succeed by himself without influences from people was his goal. He believed in the importance of oneself and the government took that away. Henry David Thoreau, an American poet and novelist used his life experiences and thoughts to emphasize nature,
Chris McCandless, Jon Krakauer, and Henry David Thoreau express transcendentalism. They express it by living in the wild. Both Into the Wild and Walden show similar beliefs. Both authors express beliefs of individualism, self-wisdom, and nature. Krakauer’s Into the Wild and Thoreau’s Walden expresses beliefs that respect cannot be bought, simplicity, and mind your own business.
In the 1840’s, writers and thinkers in the literary world started to think outside of the box, even more so than Romanticism. This movement is Transcendentalism, a philosophical movement based in New England that later migrated to America. Transcendentalists believed that intuition and the individual conscience could “transcend” experience, making them better guides to truth than logical reason. They were also called Romantic Transcendentalists because they respected romantic ideals, such as independence, individuality, and nature. They believed that man must think independently in order to truly learn about the world. Two of the most influential transcendentalists were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau,
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”. This quote by Waldo Emerson embodies transcendentalism in a whole. Also it greatly describes the movie Dead Poets Society. In the movie Dead poets Society a bunch of boys go to a private school called Welton academy. It is a very strict and conformist school. Early in the movie you meet one of the boys teachers Mr. Keating. Mr. Keating is very different compared to the other teachers. He isn't strict and lets the kids minds roam freely . As the movie progress each character takes on their own development and grows as a person. At the end of the movie Neil Perry kills himself after doing a play and his father disapproving. Dead poets Society demonstrates non-conformity, spark of divinity and, social reform. Which are all traits of transcendentalism.
Henry David Thoreau is one of the primary promoters of the transcendentalist movement and has been inspiring people to take on the transcendentalist lifestyle ever since the mid 1800’s. Mccandless was an admirer of Henry’s philosophy but he wasn’t as fully immersed in his work and ideals as Thoreau was to his own. His intentions were not as closely aligned to the movement as Thoreau’s and the difference between these icons are clearly visible.
Transcendentalists in the 1840s retired from their tasks and went to farms to look for the veracity of nature and to remove themselves from lives revolving around materialism, corrupted principles, useless labor and mainstream communities. Henry David Thoreau was one of these transcendentalists, as he privately retired from his work and retreated to the woods where he kept records of his discoveries on finding himself in nature. His findings more or less reflect the cultural characteristics a century later.