Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Connects to Industrialism

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“This book has the reputation in some quarters as the greatest American novel, and now that I have finally read it, I can see why.” This was said by many readers, because this novel by Mark Twain reflects the essence of the 19th century. Romanticism, transcendentalism, and industrialism were all important movements in the 19th century. Romanticism is like seeing through rose-colored lenses; transcendentalism like starting a funky trend; and industrialism like dollar signs in a cartoon character’s eyes. Though romanticism, transcendentalism, and industrialism all have unique viewpoints, they influenced one another in many ways, such as nature, emotions, and individualism. Comparing romanticism, transcendentalism, and industrialism, one can see that these three movements had different out takes on the purpose of nature. Industrialists viewed nature as replaceable, as in being replaced by a factory. Their eyes look at nature with an idea and longing for prosperity and wealth. Some factories, though, depended on resources in nature to power the factories, such as water from a river. My author, Mark Twain; his character appreciated nature and being alone with it, free to travel. “The sky looked ever so deep when you lay down on your back in the moonshine; I never knowed it before.” 1Many romanticists are discontented with the artificial world, and that’s often why nature is so appealing to them: it’s still original and untouched. Transcendentalists view nature as holy and sacred. The believe God is everywhere, so destroying nature would be like destroying God. Industrialists do view nature as a resource, but they are dependent on it to run their factories. This relates to romanticism because they don’t view nature as an aspect of God like transcendentalists, but appreciate it and use it for self preserving benefits. Though industrialists and romanticists appreciated
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