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The 19th century have been dominated by a movement known as Romanticism This movement is defined as a strong belief that imagination and emotion are stronger than reason A conviction that poetry is superior to sciencebelief that contemplation of the natural world is a means of discovering a truth that lies behind reality Holt Elements of Literature 1183 Authors such as Emerson with his work of Self Reliance and Thoreaus work of Where I Lived and What I Lived for and Solitude are works of literature that incorporate the ideas of romanticism There work would later influence Kate Chopin with her novel The Awakening as seen with her protagonist Edna whose actions are similar to their works In Emersons Self Reliance he stated his ideas on what he believes to be the right steps to a successful life Though the wide universe is full of good no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till Holt Elements of Literature 185 In this quote Emerson believes that through hard work one is able to achieve hisher desires so goals are to be filled with work not just plain desires and dreams He also believed that each person has a unique talent and passion that can only be discovered by that person In the later content of Self Reliance that a man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace Holt Elements of Literature 186 This explains that one is only satisfy with ones achievement if full potential are put into the effort which is the only way one can get the satisfaction of achieving ones dream and desire In Emersons view a man is someone who is a non-conformist someone who follows the integrity of their mind
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