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Transcendentalism In Emerson, Thoreau, And Dickinson's Literature

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We as humans are all born with a gift, the gift of being able to think and being able to have thoughts transitioning through our minds. From the thoughts of compassion to the thoughts of heinous, we as humans all have our own interpretation of life. Transcendentalism is the idea that our souls have with nature and that our ideas go beyond the aspect of the world as we see it. During the 1800’s, Transcendentalism blossoms with the help of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson, they all express their beliefs through their writings which consists of self reliance, love of nature, and “Carpe Diem”. This idea connects and incorporates the philosophy of “Carpe Diem”. In the film Dead Poets’ Society, the term “Carpe Diem” is the center focus of the movie. It meant to do as much as one can in the present and give little thought to the future. Both Transcendentalism and “Carpe Diem” go beyond the spectrum of normal individuality and epitomizes the philosophy of self-reliance.
Imagine that one finds out that he/she is going to die tomorrow, one would do as much as they can in one day, things that they would normally wait to do. “Carpe Diem” defies the same concept, make the most of the present without the concern of the future. With this philosophical idea, life is more valuable and meaningful emulating with inspiring memories. In the film Dead Poets’ Society, Mr. Keating, the student’s English teacher, represents a sensei that teaches them not only about “Carpe Diem” but changes their interpretation of life. There is a huge difference between a regular teachers and an effective teacher like Mr. Keating who values the topic and has the quality that no other teacher has. On second day of English class, Mr. Keating tells the class to rip off a page from a poetry book which describes how to rate the quality of poetry. This act is a relation to Transcendentalism because it demonstrates freedom of expression and non-conformity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the leaders when Transcendentalism rose during the 1800’s. He discusses about the philosophy of Transcendentalism and says that nature and self reliance ties down to it. In his short text “Nature”, he states that “a man casts off his years” (Emerson), he says that to explain his reason why nature is an important source of Transcendentalism. Emerson says that nature relieves the persons from their daily routines, casts away their stress and offers “perpetual youth”. “Carpe Diem” goes in relation to this philosophy because it signifies that life is too short to worry about the irrelevant things that are encountered in life. Society also puts us to shame as well, society is expressed as something imperfect, if we do not meet the expectations, we are judged. Emerson also states that in the woods there is no judgments that are set upon us and that all of the egotism vanishes “There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, -- no disgrace, no calamity, all mean egotism...

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