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Transcendentalism: Ralph Waldo Emerson And Christopher Mc Candless

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“Everyman, I will go with thee and by thy guide, in thy most need to go by thy side,” said Anonymous while talking about the great Ralph Waldo Emerson. One of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s pieces of literature is The American Scholar. This connects to one of Jon Krakuaer’s famous novel Into the Wild. All of these pieces connect because they all show transcendentalism.
I think that McCandless has a great deal of respect for Franz. In the letter McCandless writes to Franz, he talks about how beautiful life is. I connected this to the question “What would a barrier of natural respect look like?” I love how McCandless says “God has placed it around us. It is everything and anything we experience.” The way he tries to tell Franz to go discover the world is so persuading because the way he describe the outdoors and life is so passionate and beautiful. McCandless views life as a true transcendentalist and embraces the natural world and steps away from society while Franz keeps to himself and fears stepping out of his comfort zone. McCandless sets on that journey not to prove anything but to find himself. McCandless respects Franz for even trying to make any difference in his life even if he doesn’t join him. McCandless understands not everyone can just leave society and everything else behind and go into the wilderness with nothing. I agree with McCandless, I believe that Franz should go with him. I think that Franz would surprise himself and find something within himself he didn’t know he had. This relates to the theme of the paper, “Everyman, I will go with thee and by thy guide, in thy most need to go by thy side.” McCandless is constantly trying to get Franz to open up and Franz is always there to help McCandless whenever he needs something.
“The scholar is that a man who must take up into himself all the ability of time, all the contributions of the past, all hopes of the futures.” I found a quote from The American Scholar which connected to the previous one by Emerson. “Man is not a farmer, or a professor, or an engineer, but he is all.” Emerson talks about how man has such incredible ability, while the quote from the American...

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