Comparing Emerson And Thoreau

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Two friends so close with so many similar beliefs but yet so distant in the details of the beliefs. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are two Transcendentalist authors who wrote on the downfalls of the American society of their time. However, yet the corruptions of their time can still be seen today. Emerson and Thoreau was both active Transcendentalist whose philosophies differed slightly. One of the most common topics for Transcendentalist was nature. Emerson views on the nature suggested four uses of nature: Beauty, Discipline, Language and Commodity. Commodity provides man with nutrition, “the only use of nature which all men capture”. Beauty varies on the individuals delight in “primary forms… in and for themselves.” Such forms include glamor, heroic actions and understanding. Emerson believes Language is strongly related to God’s words and thus delivered by nature; “words are signs of natural facts” and “every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.” Nature provides Discipline, which imparts our Purpose and Accepting with the straightest lessons, gradually. Thoreau did not quite see it as Emerson.…show more content…
He saw it as an interruption from the psychosis of the modern world; it allows on to understand themselves and civilization. After returning from a two-year and two-month nature exploration Emerson finds the lesson, he needs to be able to live in the world of man-made establishments and men. One of the main lessons that Thoreau wants to convey to his reader is that any deviation from the patterns established in the natural world will only distract man from his true nature. In the similarity to Emerson Thoreau believes the highest law is not that created by man, but that were designed by
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