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Transcendentalist Ideas The great transcendentalist had ideas and thoughts that were at the time thought to be crazy Both Emerson and Thoreau focused on not being a follower and doing wheat you believe is right Self-Reliance Civil Disobedience Walden and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail all show this idea which all transcendentalists had at that time Self-Reliance by Waldo Emerson shows many ideas of the transcendentalist however two ideas seem emphasized Right away he says people should not be followers envy is ignorance that imitation is suicideEmerson 366 Also he says people should do what they think is right Trust thyself every heart vibrates to that iron stringEmerson 366 Civil Disobedience by Henry Thoreau shows his feelings about the government He is showing his transcendentalist ideas by openly protesting the Mexican War which very few people were saying anything about Witness the present Mexican War the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their toolThoreau 380 He spoke out against the government during a time when it was almost a sin against God to do that He says speak out against the government if you feel the need and that way it will get changed Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect and that will be one step towards obtaining itThoreau 381 Walden another book by Thoreau is about when he lives on a pond The setting alone shows the idea of not following other people by living by himself on the pond However he says do not follow society for as long as possible As long as possible live free and uncommittedThoreau 375 Later on he talks about responsibilities and how we should focus on improving ourselves If we do not get our sleepers and forge the rails and devote days and nights to the work but go tinkering upon our lives to improve them who will build the railroadsWe do
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