Transcendentalism: The Truman Show

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[Hook] Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”. The Truman Show is related to the transcendental movement because there is a quest for self discovery, there are examples of letting others think for you and an example of social reform. The Truman Show is related to the transcendental movement because there is a quest for self discovery, there are examples of letting others think for you and an example of social reform. One major conception of transcendentalism is reliance on the self and the search for spiritual truth. Finding oneself in society today it’s not always the most easiest thing to do, but if people follow the advice of the…show more content…
We must reform society before we can reform ourselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “ Every reform was once a private opinion.” Emersons meaning of this quote is that it will solve the problem of age.What Emerson is saying is that the idea of a reform originating in the mind of one person is the private opinion of that until it is communicated with a second person, who on it’s adoption installs it as his own. This repeated down the line , finally reaches the last person, and when that which was once the private opinion of the first person, alone finds permanent lodgement in the minds of all the others, the reform is accomplished. A recent example of Emerson’s discussion on social reform could be Rosa Parks who was an activist in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. If Rosa hadn’t given up her seat on a bus for a white individual, how much longer would segregation have gone on for? Rosa Parks, once said “At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just another day. The only thing that made it significant was the masses of people who joined in.” Historian Jeanne Theoharis once said, Rosa Parks brought together a unique blend of life experiences, a commitment to racial justice, and a flawless reputation to transform a single act of defiance into a defining moment for the modern American civil rights movement. Rosa Parks, with her flawless character, quiet strength, and moral fortitude, was seen as an ideal
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