Challenge the text Identify and evaluate the evidence Emerson uses to support that opinion. Restate Emerson’s basic opinion about society. Provide examples from everyday life to support and refute Emerson’s opinion of society. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company in which the members agree for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
Transcendentalism Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau
Transcendentalism • An intellectual movement of the 19th century. Transcendentalists were interested in the human spirit and thought that an exploration of nature helped people understand universal truths.
Transcendentalism • Believed the individual was at the center of the universe, more powerful than any institution whether political or religious (384).
Transcendentalism • Transcendentalism lasted on 10 years and only produced two major works: Emerson’s Nature, and Thoreau’s Walden.
Transcendentalism • Ralph Waldo Emerson was considered the “father” of Transcendentalism in many ways. • Struggled with his faith so much, that he began questioning his own beliefs and establishing his own philosophy • As he struggled with his own faith, he struggled with the notion that machines might in the future replace people and the concerned him
Nature • What does this work reveal to you about Transcendentalism?
Transcendentalism • Henry David Thoreau was Emerson’s protégé and followed in his footsteps by building a rough cottage in the woods at Walden Pond where he went to live alone in harmony with nature. He also expressed important ideas about change in government control with Civil Disobedience. He stressed the importance of the people as individuals being able to govern themselves. • Abolitionist
Civil Disobedience • Packet analysis • Read and discuss with your group • Share • Submit
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