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David Swan Essay

  • Submitted by: 143lexa
  • on May 29, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 708 words

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Authors and Poets sometimes question nature. They feel that nature isn’t safe for us to live in. Authors and Poets sometimes write a story or poem to tell how they feel and use anti- transcendentalism to explain to the reader how they really feel.   “David Swan” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an example of an anti-transcendentalism story.

“David Swan” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is anti-transcendentalism (a countering philosophy that negates the optimistic sense of transcendentalism because it does not include the darkness and negativity of the world and of the human being.) You can tell its anti-transcendentalism just by the title David is a name and Swan is nature it’s a tongue-in-cheek slam against transcendental philosophy. “David Swan” its joining humankind and nature together in hopes of finding God. In order to find God you have to join nature and humankind.

We know nothing about the future, about what’s going to happen in the future but sometimes it’s good to not know what’s going to happen. When you know that something bad is going to happen you will just get frustrated, mad, and cannot focus in life, so God tended to not let us know what is going to happen in the future. Our life would just focus on the future, not on our love ones. You would get angry with God to why he chose the life you have right now. You can’t be really sure on what you want in life if you know what’s going to be in the future.



Knowing the future is like you don’t even have a life because how can you live a life you already what’s going to happen. It’s like reading the story of Cinderella again you know what’s going to happen even before you read it. Hawthorne says “We can be but partially acquainted even with the events which actually influence our course through life, and our final destiny.” Life is full of surprises and how can you be surprised if you already know what’s going to happen. That doesn’t happen in real life.

In the story of David Swan, he fell asleep and there...

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