TranscendentalismThe movement and its   characteristics
Definition• The belief that  truths about life  and death can  be reached by  going outside  the world of the  senses.
Major Beliefs• Relationship between man and  nature. Heightened awareness of this  relationship would cause a  “reformatio...
What promoted the movement?•   Rise of cities•   Class Systems•   War•   Freedom from the past•   Freedom from organized r...
TRANSCENDENTAL   Characteristics of  TranscendentalismCHARACTERISTICS
Nature• Nature was divine• Nature held the  truths of life• To communicate  and be one with  nature was true  goodness• Na...
Individualism• Rejection of standard societal beliefs• Inner truth is the only thing that  matters• The soul is something ...
Moral Enthusiasm•   Anti- Artistocracy•   Anti-Slavery•   Pro-Women’s Rights•   Quest for Utopia ( Brook Farm)
Literary Focus• Because of the stress of  “feelings” and “self” during  this time period, literature  was a very large med...
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  • If a person is a transcendentalist, they really care about being present. How can that person go out of their 'world senses' and be present at the same time?
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  1. 1. TranscendentalismThe movement and its characteristics
  2. 2. Definition• The belief that truths about life and death can be reached by going outside the world of the senses.
  3. 3. Major Beliefs• Relationship between man and nature. Heightened awareness of this relationship would cause a “reformation” of society away from materialism and corruption.• Feelings were a priority over reason
  4. 4. What promoted the movement?• Rise of cities• Class Systems• War• Freedom from the past• Freedom from organized religion• Greed/Manifest Destiny
  5. 5. TRANSCENDENTAL Characteristics of TranscendentalismCHARACTERISTICS
  6. 6. Nature• Nature was divine• Nature held the truths of life• To communicate and be one with nature was true goodness• Nature was innocence and an escape from the evils of society
  7. 7. Individualism• Rejection of standard societal beliefs• Inner truth is the only thing that matters• The soul is something equally available to all people• Fulfillment comes from knowing one’s self, not wealth, gender or education
  8. 8. Moral Enthusiasm• Anti- Artistocracy• Anti-Slavery• Pro-Women’s Rights• Quest for Utopia ( Brook Farm)
  9. 9. Literary Focus• Because of the stress of “feelings” and “self” during this time period, literature was a very large medium that artists used to express themselves. Such artists include: Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Edgar Allen Poe
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