Transcendentalism In Dead Poets Society

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Transcendentalism was a system developed in 1836 that was a reaction to rationalism. However, transcendentalism is more than just a social and philosophical movement; it is the light that directs one through the tunnel of reality. Although an idea of the past, transcendentalism is still extremely relevant, especially in the twenty-first century. It can teach the youths of this generation that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and being independent and self reliant can open one’s mind to the reality of the world. To ensure the future success of students within a working corporation one must integrate the key concepts of transcendentalism into their primary lesson plan. Being one with nature is factor transcendentalists find to be…show more content…
Wilderness untouched by the hands of men is the earth in its purest form, away from the hustle of life. Exposing students to nature can help put their minds at ease. In the film “Dead Poet Society” (Source E) the English professor, a transcendentalist named Mr. Keating, often took his student outdoors for them to embrace the surrounding environment. Not only did the individuals find it refreshing to be released from the classroom, but they learned a great deal about the world around them, which can help them in a working environment. If we expose students to nature early on in their lives instead of placing a colorful textbook in front of them and having them memorize key elements of it, students will have first hand experience of the earth. They will be able to identify trees as they stroll through a park, have a better understanding of directions and embrace the parts of the earth that were not tainted by the hands of man. Nature can also inspire you to accomplish great things. Source A, a canvas by Asher B. Durand, highlights this perfectly. In the picture, he and his peer are standing atop of a cliff with nature surrounding them at every angle. The beauty of the “rocky promontory” (Durand inspired him to create the painting that now hangs in New York City’s Public

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