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Hollywood Turns Transcendental Transcendentalism is a way of life It is defined as the transcending or going beyond empiricism and ascertaining the fundamentals and principles of human knowledge Discovering these principles and fundamentals is the goal of American Romantics Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson and also includes other historical icons like Martin Luther King Jr and Mohandas K Gandhi Transcendentalist values hold firm in their writings and influence mainstream media which uses these messages to captivate an audience of bewildered young minds The transcendentalist values concerning non-conformity individualism and passive resistance evident in the civil rights movements and original pieces written by the American romantics of the 17th century are visible in such Hollywood blockbusters as The Dead Poets Society and Gandhi In the 1989 Hollywood manifestation of transcendentalism John Keating Robin Williams is an ambitious young private school teacher who hopes to direct his students down a simplistic lane Non-conformist values are exemplified when Keating takes his students to the courtyard and tells them to walk about at their own pace In a short period of time but not immediately the boys fall in line and begin to take the same stride Meanwhile the non-participants begin to clap a rhythm for the striders to follow With this Keating stops the assembly in order to verbalize his point Thank you gentlemen If you noticed everyone started off with their own stride their own pace Mr Pitts taking his time He knew hed get there one day Mr Cameron you could see him thinking Is this right It might be right It might be right I know that Maybe not I dont know Mr Overstreet driven by deeper force Yes We know that All right Now I didnt bring them up here to ridicule them I brought them up here to illustrate the point of conformity the difficulty in maintaining your own beliefs in the face of others In an attempt to exploit the
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