American Romanticism: Utopian Communities and Transcendentalism

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An Intricate Puzzle: Utopian Communities and Transcendentalism Outline: An Intricate Puzzle: Utopian Communities and Transcendentalism Introduction- The two American Romanticism concepts of transcendentalism and the idealism of utopian communities fit together like an intricate puzzle, but there are still many factors that differentiate them. I. Places faith in inner experience and the power of imagination a. Alike i. Could be alone and do your job ii. Reflections on your own experience iii. Working with the Earth instead of other people allows easier times of reflection iv. People to achieve religious awakening by their own efforts v. Change must be within…show more content…
They felt that the change must be within; not just going to church. Within both utopian and transcendentalist culture there was no church, no written ritual, no exact list of members at first, and no written statement of beliefs. They believed there was no final level of achievement and that a person could always do better than before. This fact expresses much faith in the fact that individual people are always more creative from generation to generation (Robinson, 61). With both of these ideas you can be alone and do your job, constantly reflecting on what you are doing and thinking of ways to better yourself toward the divine truth. You aren’t distracted by other people inhibiting how you think or feel. Yet, through communal living you aren’t really alone with the divine truth. You depend on other people for other commodities, such as food, clothing, or water. Another difference would be that when you are around other people it can be difficult to use your creative, imaginative side. You feel more forced to conform to others ideas. When you are around other people you are more inclined to copy what they say or do and how they act- everyday plagerism. Another concept that Transcendentalist and Utopian communities shared was that of scorning advanced, organized civilizations. Both communities and individuals shied away from large cities and industrialization and most

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