Relation between Men and Nature in Emerson and Thoreau

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803 May 25 in Boston and died in 1882 April 27 Concord and Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 July12 in Concord and died in 1862 May 6th in Concord. (C-SPAN)Emerson was graduated from Harvard and so was the Thoreau. Henry David Thoreau was young poet of only 20 years old and Emerson was older than him. Thoreau wrote Walden in 1854 and Emerson wrote American scholar in 1837 not only that they have written many articles which was anti government such as ‘American scholar, ‘Walden’ and many more. Emerson and Thoreau have more of comparison than contrast because both the characters have similar perspective but at the certain point different from each other. Emerson as well as Thoreau belief that man by studying nature and examining self can transcend his humanity and become one with god. (Cliff note).For example “There is never a beginning; there is never an end, the inexplicable continuity of this web of God”.(American Scholar) They also believe in god which is creator of men as well as of nature. Both think that everything people have is all gifted by nature and they consider people as host of the earth, nature provide everything to people but people don’t realize it and they destroy nature which is providing them facilities to survive in this universal. “He shall see that nature is the opposite of the soul, answering to its part for part” (American scholar). Both of them write so deep that they force people to think about their opponent

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