Transcendentalism Reflection

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Reflection By studying American Romanticism, we are able to learn that American literature allows its readers to understand transcendentalist views which led to individuals in American society to realize that everyone perceives the world differently. In American literature, individuals are able to understand the values of transcendentalism in which it illustrates the importance of nature, self reliance, and individuality through essays such as “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays “Nature” and “Self-Reliance”. In Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Walden” he says “ life never the bone where it is sweetest.” This quote suggests the importance of individuality due to the fact that we do not need to change to make others…show more content…
The literary device of hyperbole is an exaggerated claim or statement that emphasizes a point. A rhetorical question has a similar effect in which it utilizes a question that does not require an answer to prove a point and persuade its audience. Thoreau uses these literary devices throughout his essay stresses multiple key points to persuade readers that living a simple life allows you to find truth through nature, emotions, and imagination. Thoreau first demonstrates his use of the literary device of hyperbole when he says “life never the bone where it is sweetest” (Thoreau 215). It depicts that our experiences are for ourselves and is also in us to make us who we are and that we do not need anything else. This literary device emphasizes the point that there is no need to change in order to satisfy other individuals in society due to the fact that an individual is only truly happy when they is able to accept themself. Henry David Thoreau then adds a rhetorical question to illustrate that individuals should be self reliant and look to nature. It is portrayed when he asks “ Why should I feel lonely? It is not our planet in the milky way.” (Thoreau 136). Which suggests that distance is merely a number for he feels…show more content…
The scarlet letter symbolizes Hester’s sin which affects the character developments of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth. Dimmesdale demonstrates his guild when he yells “Had I one friend- or were it my worst enemy!” (Hawthorne 200). Dimmesdale is not satisfied with himself and perceives himself as his worst enemy. Through his words, it portrays his guilt due to the fact that the town perceives him as an angel while he knows that he is a sinner and can not deal with it. Hester Prynne also affects Chillingworth because “That old man’s revenge has been blacker than my sin.” (Hawthorne 203). Dimmesdale endures the harsh punishments given to him by Chillingworth due to his anger and thirst for revenge. Chillingworth is blinded by revenge because he only seeks to harm Dimmesdale which is a result of a sin symbolized by the scarlet letter. This truly depicts the effect the scarlet letter has had on characters surrounding it due to the fact that Chillingworth has developed into someone who only wants revenge and that Dimmesdale can no longer handle the guilt of his sin. The symbol conveys romantic ideals since the characters must endure the pain on their own because of the fear that society will no longer accept
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