Transcendentalism Essay Topics

Thoreau: Solitude

Henry David Thoreau is synonymous with Transcendentalism.  His mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, was the creator of the movement.  Because he truly believed in the concepts, Thoreau actually practiced it to the letter. Transcendentalism, a free meditation in spirituality and individualistic approach to everything, was something that he gave his life to exploring.  He expounded on… View Article

Transcendentalism of Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau had many talents and interests and who spent most of his time communing and appreciating nature.  He even looked for God behind the stars.  In his works, he urged his readers to re-examine their lives as he did with his.  He had many questions about life and searched nature for answers.  He… View Article

Transcendentalism In Modern Life

1.) The modernity of life has come to the extent where human beings are becoming mechanical and less sensitive to the physical environment. The human as a physical form, as being part of nature, as being one by nature is losing his capability to connect and feel himself as being part of it and thus… View Article

American Transcendentalists

American transcendentalists sought the permanent spiritual reality behind physical appearances. They were optimistic and believed in human perfectibility; they engaged in projects that tried to create the ideal reality. They believed that the universe is one great entity. Transcendentalism centres on the divinity of each individual. But this divinity could be self-discovered only if the… View Article

Self Reliance Paper

Part I Author- The author of this document is Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.  Audience- The audience of Self-reliance would be people reading Emerson’s literary works around the year 1841. Also, Self-reliance was a speech before it became an essay… View Article

Puritanism and Transcendentalism

American literature is characterized by several genres of literature which represent many different phases in American history and culture.  Among these are Puritanism and Transcendentalism.  These two movements share certain characteristics while they oppose each other for other reasons. The Puritans were a group of individuals that were very strict, radical Protestants that gathered as… View Article

Transcendentalism in Mumford and Sons

The era of transcendentalism is filled with a new way of thinking. A way that provokes a man’s inner thoughts and encourages them to be set free, and expressed to those around him. A step further from the previous movement of Romanticism, Transcendentalist writers expresses this sense of individuality in their works, including Ralph Waldo… View Article

Transcendentalism in Emersons Writing

I chose the reading by Emerson; I believe there is a lot of transcendentalism in this reading. Well I don’t believe there is a lot of transcendentalism, starting with the first paragraph first sentence where he writes, “Our Age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchers of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The… View Article

Peaceful Resistance: a Transcendental Response to Abolitionism

The ideals of Transcendentalism lent themselves to be ripe with social change. Transcendentalists believed the soul transcended form, shape, and color and stressed that on the inside, human beings are not simply male and female or black and white. To the transcendentalist, the soul was an androgynous, colorless entity. They believed truth is beyond the… View Article

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Although Transcendentalism as a historical movement was limited in time from the mid 1830s to the late 1840s and in space to eastern Massachusetts, its ripples continue to spread through American culture. Beginning as a quarrel within the Unitarian church, Transcendentalism’s questioning of established cultural forms, its urge to reintegrate spirit and matter, its desire… View Article

Out from Behind This Mask Review

•Synopsis In Whitman’s poem Out From Behind This Mask, the poem starts out by talking about the passion and excitement that to many, lies just out of reach. Whitman is trying to illustrate how this ecstasy is much closer than once thought, by comparing the barrier as a curtain or a mask. The wonders that… View Article

Search for Spiritual Life

In Walden; or, Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau presents his transcendental beliefs. His experiment of living in the woods and away from society was a way to test out his beliefs. Thoreau believed that by freeing himself from social restrictions, he could eventually gain spiritual relief. Similar to transcendentalism is the hippie’s view… View Article

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Herman Melville and Henry David Thoreau present their writing pieces as different forms of nonconformity. The essays both represent Ralph Emerson’s essay, Self-Reliance, but they do so in different ways. In Thoreau’s essay, Solitude, the narrator has removed himself from society and into solitude in a cabin in the deep woods. The narrator displays nonconformity… View Article

English-language films

Comprehensive and Intrepretive questions 1.Transcendentalist means The quality or state of being transcendental. It means to when someone finds themself through nature and being in solitude. 2.One of the most used quotations in the night thoreau spent in jail is “Retirement? What an absurd idea! Why spend the best part of your life earning money… View Article

Into the Wild Trans

Transcendentalism is a long word to describe very free-minded people. Throughout the novel “Into the Wild” Chris McCandless, the main character, ventures off into the wild to experience nature at a personal level. Chris comes from a household in which personal relationships, between him and his parents, were not present. While living in this environment,… View Article