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Emerson, Thoreau, and Dickinson

            Transcendentalism blossomed during the 1800s with the help of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. Emily Dickinson was part of Realism-most people like Realism because of the way ideas were expressed. Emerson and Thoreau were Transcendentalists who expressed their beliefs through writings from poems to essays and they believed that "the individual was at the center of the universe" (Prentice Hall). The idea of Transcendentalism is complex and for this reason, only a number of people understood it. For this reason, Transcendentalism interests me. Emerson, Thoreau, and Dickinson, were one of the many authors who were part of Transcendentalism and Realism; these writers went out of their way in society to represent their beliefs-but Transcendentalism is by far a huge attraction. .
             First, Emerson's beliefs were mainly on "the human mind [because it] was the most important force in the universe" (Prentice Hall). In "Nature", Emerson viewed nature as the plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign. God made nature and some view it as just trees, leaves, and grass, but Emerson saw the true beauty in nature. He saw it as if lights, tinsel, and ornaments already adorned it. In addition, Emerson compared himself to, "a transparent eyeball," and, "[he] see[ 's] all; the currents of the Universal Being," (Emerson). He can see everything and everyone around the world. In, "Self-Reliance," Emerson conveys that one must follow through for what they believe in. He believes that they have to accept themselves for better or for worse. Emerson states, "A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best," (Emerson). He implies that one must love their job and loves to work hard because at the end happiness is what matters. In addition, Emerson viewed the human soul as part of an " 'Over-Soul,' a universal spirit to which all beings returned after death," (Prentice Hall).

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