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Transcendentalism and Anti-Transcendentalism A closer look at the short story The Ministers Black Veil The Ministers Black Veil is in opposition to the transcendentalist movement because the story or the main character of it wants to show the reader that Men is evil and full of sins Transcendentalism is a movement of writers who believe that Nature God and Men are divine That means that you can find Men as well as God in Nature The purpose of this special kind of thinking is to bring the society back and closer to the nature again Transcendentalist writers also want to show the good part of human being They believe that there cant be an original sin because God is good and because of that everyone has to be good in his or her inner world as well An example for a writer of the transcendentalist movement is Ralph Waldo Emerson As a transcendentalist he believes that Men are divine In his essay Self-Reliance he says that we are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents Emerson page 215 He wants to say that every person who is self-reliant has to be divine because self-reliance means that you can trust yourself and in order to trust yourself you need intuition or an inner instinct that tells you what is right or wrong And to be able to say that about yourself you have to be good which is a typical transcendentalist thought In opposition to transcendentalism is anti-transcendentalism Anti-transcendentalists believe that Men are not completely good and divine They say that every human being has an innate original sin This original sin comes from Eva how we call he in Germany when she took the apple in Eden Anti-transcendentalists say that Evas sin is an evil feature of Men and it is a force that leaves its marks generation after
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