Individualism In Emerson's Transcendentalism

Good Essays
Transcendentalism, which means “beyond thinking,” is a philosophy and literary movement, which believes in a higher reality than found in sense experience. The Transcendentalists place an emphasis on imagination, insight, and inspiration. All these features are evident in the articles, “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” by Emerson. Transcendentalism focuses on the relationship among God, nature, and humans. This perspective is also what Emerson talked about in “Nature.” Additionally, individualism plays an essential role in Transcendentalism. The evidence is shown in the other article from Emerson, “Self-reliance,” which encourages people to leave society and be in solitude. Emerson makes a lot of comparisons between nature and solitude. The argument in Emerson’s “Nature” and “Self-reliance” both has a strong point, however, his view on the only the kids can see the nature, something shows up occasionally, and solitude goes too far, as the city has its advantages too. The first feature of Transcendentalism is imagination that is produced by through the experience of nature. For instance, Emerson writes, “ The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me, and I to them. The waving of the boughs in the storm, is new to me and old.” He makes the nature personalized and the nature can nud and wave. In the nature there are all the plants one can talk
Get Access