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Ralph Waldo Emerson And Transcendentalism Ralph Waldo Emerson a respected philosopher emerged in the late 1830s as the most influential spokesman for American literary nationalism Prentice Hall 273 As the leading light of the Transcendentalism movement an American offshoot of Romanticism Self-Reliance by Emerson seemed tame and innocent however it constitutes uncivilized free and wild thinking by focusing all ones attention towards human spirit and discovering that human spirit is reflected in nature Throughout Self-Reliance Emerson uses the elements of literature diction syntax symbolism imagery and tone that creates uncivilized free and wild thinking Emerson believes these elements nature and human surrounding are central to the presumption of how the individual would react Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its member Man would conceive that Emerson believed that the individual felt they should explore nature thoroughly then the individual will come to their senses know who they are and get well aquatinted with nature This will assist the individual to discover the human soul and intuition which will be a reflection period for nature and the individuals psyche Emerson wrote speak what you think nowspeak what tomorrow thinks This would contradict what the individual would say beforehand which makes the individual a hypocrite However many can interpret this quote by having Emerson advocate individuality by not following the crowd and speaking what one yearns and opines Is it so bad to misunderstood The message that Emerson was trying to send to his readers duri ng time period to be successful one has to be unique and misunderstood by others Emerson was trying to point out that Pythagoras and Newton each on of these brilliant individuals nonconformist disagreed and rejected the doctrine of an established faith or church The message is if one who lives a good life does not need to attend church or do rituals or follow what everyone is doing or thinking but the human spirit
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