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The purpose of this research paper is to discuss and assess both Ralph Waldo Emersons and Henry David Thoreaus views regarding solitude and isolation as well as its relationship to modern times as depicted within their literary contributions Both Emerson and Thoreau contributed much in the way of literary contributions which underscore the importance and value of solitude and isolation which I believe are demonstrable in terms of contemporary times To this extent I shall attempt to point this out throughout this research paper and as well shall identify specific examples To begin with I should like to offer an overview of each as well as a body and conclusion as to the how and why solitude and isolation manifest themselves as themes throughout their literary contributions and their reflection towards modern times As is often the case themes and authors are best understood in terms of their personal backgrounds and experiences For example Emerson was the son of a Boston Unitarian minister who attended Harvard College 1817-21 and studied as well as preached the Christian word Before becoming a successful writer Emerson had a career as a lecturer and was one of the early innovators of the transcendental movement which basically questioned all of that which surrounded our society ie literature religion philosophy etc Emerson and Thoreau were neighbors and his writings on self-reliance speaks of a man who
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