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Emerson and Thoreau and the Individual
A look at Thoreau and Emerson's views on the individual in society.
# 139787 | 750 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American) , Philosophy (General)


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This paper describes American authors Thoreau and Emerson's views on the individual in society. The paper looks closely at Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" and Thoreau's essay "Civil Disobedience," while also referring to Walden in order to provide examples of the authors' ideas about the importance of individual choices in creating ethical and spiritual lives for each citizen.

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"Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) were two major writers and advocates of American Transcendentalism during the early to mid-nineteenth century. Each of these authors wrote several works that described their ideas about individual citizens' spiritual and moral place within human society; both authors believed that individual choice in living was of utmost importance in determining ethical and spiritual conscientiousness. Emerson's 1841 essay, "Self-Reliance" describes his belief system of individualism against the problematic notion of a conformist society; he preferred to see a society of individuals who have..."

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