Essay by Morgan DollardHigh School, 12th gradeF, October 1996

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Back in the 1800's, people trusted in their innersoul. it was called transcendentalism. People like Emerson and Thoreau were transcendentalism. They didn't think with their heads. They do things like in their first impression. If they sees that a tree is violet, they will paint it violet. During that era, Romanticism was party of it too. Ideas of Romanticism with transcendentalism.

In our everyday life, we use transcendentalism. We use our head to think and our hart to feel love and hate, but sometimes you say something without thinking about it. It came from your inner soul. I paint, and when I paint, I don't draw something realistic. When I am in front of my paper, I just draw and paint with any color, I don't think. Then when I feel it is finished, I look and it can be a yellow sky and a violet ocean. I love it! What Thoreau did, of isolating himself, I couldn't do it because it is not my character.

Sure I could live without television nor exaggerated furniture, but I need to speak, I need to be with someone, to listen music. I am afraid to be alone. I have a part of transcendentalism, I think we all do, even if we don't agree with it.

Talking about Emerson, he had puritan influence. He struggle in his life, and this help him with his writing. Emerson was transcendentalist. Emerson did lot of writing. One of them was ' Nature '. One of his transcendentalist sentence was, ' I become a transparent eyeball. ' With his inner soul, he really become it, it was real, what he feels. He wouldn't be able to smell or to talk to anybody, and he didn't needed to listen. With his eyeball, he was able to see...