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Every so often throughout history great doers and thinkers come along that break the mold and set new standards People like Caesar Shakespeare Napoleon and Jesus have been studied and immortalized in volumes of texts Then there are others who are not as well known People like Ralph Waldo Emerson From his life writings associates beliefs and philosophy this Concord Massachusetts man has set his place as a hero in American literature and philosophy Bloom 13 The first most important thing to mention about Ralph Waldo Emerson is that he was not a Transcendentalist philosopher Bloom 1 Ralph Emerson was a poet critic essayist and a believer of morals Bloom 2 Many people look at what he wrote in his books and essays and they took his ideas from his speeches and turned them into a way of life His ideas and beliefs earned him the role as the chief spokesman for American Transcendentalism Siepmann 300 Emerson was a graduate from Harvard University After his graduation he became a minister It was while he was a preacher that he began to think new ideas about life The breakthrough for his new way of thinking came when he resigned from pasturing at the Second Church of Boston because e could not administer the Lords Supper Hart 256 The sources of Emersons writings were from the early colonists and he acknowledged them in his writings Bloom 34 His writings were secular and the readers of the era were sometimes scared by the lack of religious references and biblical texts in his writings His writings were considered daring for his time but they were moral Unger 2 The tone of his work was focused on self-reliance and the problem of how to live His writings provoked people to ask how instead of what and not we but I Unger 1 Emersons essays spoke to people of the 19th century that were ready for individuality and a
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