Example Of Transcendentalism In Peanuts

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Peanuts is a comic strip that ran from the 1950’s to the 2000’s. It’s focused around a depressed and meek boy named Charlie Brown. The comics tell the story of him, his friends, and all of their adventures. While the comic strip ended in the 2000’s the world of Charlie Brown still lives on to this day. Around 120 years before the world of Charlie Brown, the philosophical movement of transcendentalism appeared. It emphasized the spirit and one's own individuality. Even though it came out a significant amount of time in the past, transcendentalism is still apparent in the modern world. Peanuts is a modern day example of transcendentalism in the way it represents character's own confidence and free thought. One of the characteristics of transcendentalism is confidence. A character in Peanuts who is a prime example of confidence is Lucy Van Pelt. For instance, in one of the comics written by Charles Schulz, when Lucy says that she has a knack for seeing other people’s faults, Linus asks her about her own faults she responds that she has a knack for overlooking them and then when Charlie Brown says to Lucy, “Sometimes you really astound me. I’ve never known anyone who was so consistently crabby! How do you explain that?” she answers, “Never change a winning game!” Lucy is a very sarcastic character and she stands by the way that she goes about life. She has an amazing amount of self-confidence and she doesn’t let anyone else get to her because she believes strongly in her actions. She’s a strong example of confidence in transcendentalism because of how much she believes in herself and stands by her actions. Also, in A Charlie Brown Christmas the story revolves around the idea that Charlie Brown doesn’t believe that the over-commercialized Christmas that they all celebrate is the real meaning of Christmas. Then when he’s asked to go get a big and over-the-top Christmas tree for the play, he grabs a small and neglected tree because he sees the potential in it and he feels like it’s his job to give it a home. When all of his friends make fun of him and tell him that he’s stupid he gets depressed, but he doesn’t lose his confidence that that isn’t what Christmas is all about. After Linus reads a passage of the bible

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