Topics: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendentalism, Henry David Thoreau Pages: 2 (495 words) Published: January 4, 2013
Austin Arnold
1. “Nature”, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, depicts a society that lives in the past. Emerson tries to translate a sense that we should be living in our own time. He asks why we should be consumed by the past’s accomplishments and not live forth, creating our own history, experiencing our own original stories. “There are new lands, new men, new thoughts”, He suggests that this is a new time, let it flourish. Emerson goes on to explain that we are, as humans, trying to answer the ever long question, to explain why nature is what it is. Nature is a category in which we all are put under, science, art, soul, humans, but is in the common sense referred to as things man cannot change; “space, the air, the river, the leaf.” In the grand scheme of the universe everything that humans do to try and perfect the art they try to make from this nature is overall a very small impression. 2. Henry David Thoreau writes about experiencing Nature for its true nature. To know what it has to offer. To see and understand it to a degree. What is Nature is the question everyone wants to know. Is it the wrath of God or the punishment of the Devil? Is a hurricane the devils doing or is a sunny day what God offers? This is what Thoreau went into the woods to find out and then document it for everyone else. He explains that we need to live simply, “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” To number your loads and lower your stress. To live life without worry and you will still succeed. 3. “Woman in the Nineteenth Century” by Margaret Fuller explains that woman in the 19th century lacked basic rights that were only reserved for men. Fuller declares that she would have thought that America would have been past this point by now, allowing rights for everyone, seeing as it is a new world and all. She uses what a wife gets after her husband dies as an example that depicts the woman like a child. Fuller was sadly disappointed when America didn’t fold out like she...
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