Transcendentalists Essay

We will have lab time on Monday and Tuesday 09/30-10/01 for typing these essay paragraphs.  You must save to your F: drive (as well as email, a jump drive, etc.) as you will be accessing this text later.  Loosing information, just saving to the computer instead of the F: drive, and other technical difficulties will not warrant extensions when the final product is due (as per the course syllabus).  

Using your notes from American Romanticism & Transcendentalists, split quotes, journal entries, and texts from Emerson and Thoreau, explore one of the following prompts.  Treat this like an in-class essay. You should introduce your ideas in a paragraph, then explore the theme in a number of body paragraphs, then conclude your ideas.  If you don’t fully introduce / conclude at this time, that is ok as we will be coming back to this at a later date.  USE QUOTES TO SUPPORT YOUR IDEAS. 

1. Intuition & Emotional Knowledge: The Romantics believed that imagination was able to discover truths that the rational mind could not each.  They favored intuition over reason.  Pull quotes from each writer that connect to this concept of intuition – the capacity to know things immediately through our emotions – and why intuition is more important than the reason.

2.  Nature: American romanticism developed as a reaction to rationalism, and as a result the city becomes a place of shifting morals, corruption, & death.   One must reflect on the natural world to find Big-B-Beauty (and Big-T-Truth).  In nature, the ordinary becomes EXTRAordinary / SUPERnatural.  They believed that nature can provide sense in a chaotic world.  Pull quotes from each writer that connect to this concept of nature as the locus of truth and cities / society as the locus of the dishonest majority.

3. Non-conformity: The Transcendentalists believed strongly in self-reliance and non-conformity to tradition.  Pull quotes from each writer that examine the need and motivation to be a non-conformist. Pull from both authors on this and work from “Civil Disobedience” in particular in terms of unjust rule and how one responds to a corrupt government / corrupt society.

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