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Thoreau and Transcendentalism

Summary: Provides biographical detail on the life of writer Henry David Thoreau. Examines his contributions to the transcendentalist movement.
Followers of the Transcendentalist movement stressed the religious, philosophical and ideological importance of life. Henry David Thoreau was a staunch supporter of the movement. Thoreau felt that a person lived a good life by following his conscience and instincts. He also felt that materialism was a sure way to distract a person from leading a good and moral life. Thoreau proposed for the government to be involved in as little of a citizen's life as possible; he felt too much government control just complicated a person's life. Like most Transcendentalists, Thoreau believed there was a direct connection to God through nature. If a person appreciated nature he would gain a higher understanding of God. Finally, Thoreau encouraged individuality versus conformity to the status quo.

Thoreau challenged his readers to experience nature first hand; he felt to truly experience nature was a way of experiencing God and marveled...

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