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Ralph Waldo Emerson explores the intricate tie amongst nature man and language His function is to define reason and understanding through nature Emerson uses the analogy between mans life and the transformation he finds through his soul He changes the idea of logic and reason but its meaning remains similar He draws on images of flowing events and metaphorical illustrations Nature represents all essences untouched by man He changes previous ways of thinking such as Franklin where God is rational Emerson uses this analogy to respond to ideas of the Enlightenment and its beliefs However nature is separate from spiritual reality Emerson uses the image of seeing to portray nature as mystical nonconforming and based on reason and understandingEmerson uses the image of the eye and vision to portray the direct communication with nature Nature becomes invisible and will vanish and is seen no more The last few lines say he shall enter without more wonder than the blind man feels who is gradually restored to sight Only through faith can we trust in nature and its unity of the universe Emerson embraced nature and saw beauty resided everywhere His interpretation of nature is with new eyes and becomes a natural world with a higher realityEmerson encourages nonconformity and individualism It begins To go into solitude a man needs to retreat from society in order to discover nature This break from society enables man to become tranquil somewhat as beautiful as his own nature The woods become his platform of experience As he becomes a part of the forest solitude enables him to be self-reliant Man must think for himself Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformistReason and understanding are repetitive terms which interchange to portray different meanings Previously many American authors used the analogy of good reason In the Age of Reason Franklin was clear thinking and the interpretation of nature was seen through a rational God Emerson however celebrates reason
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