In exploring the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Immanuel Kant, there is a distinct parallelism running through their philosophical theories, the need to break free from immaturity or self-doubt in order to achieve enlightenment or self-reliance. The will to break free is an important function in developing self-trust. Self-consciousness is not simply a special kind of awareness each person possesses. Rather, the authority over the mind must be described as a kind of responsibility taken by the individual. To remain receptive to the intuitive process, an individual must trust in himself.
As he is describing the green chile, the visual images are both beautiful and powerful (lines 15-18): Ah, voluptuous, masculine, an air of authority and youth simmers from its swan-neck stem, tapering to a flowery collar… These four simple lines suggest just how much their culture admires their tradition, along with the things in it. The admiration of the green chile represents the significance it has behind it. Santiago also describes the way his grandmother cuts into it with a “mysterious passion on her face” (line 32). In their culture the green chile is just as important as killing an animal for its meat, or any other food. The way they take care of the green chile only goes to show how much they actually care for their cultural tradition.
We use this is help us choose the right moral action is situations. Aristotle and Aquinas both conclude that humans aim for some goal or purpose in life-but does not see this as eudemonia. Aquinas believes that humans are the ‘image of god’ therefore the supreme good must be the development of this image which is perfection. They did not believe that you could reach this perfection in this life but the afterlife. There are the three laws in Aquinas’ book which are eternal, natural and divine.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of storytelling is that, as a form of information, it is most likely to be shared. This makes it easier to spread important ideas and even warnings. The information meant to be shared will be more easily accepted by listeners. Storytelling is vital to humanity’s need to connect. Tall tales and fables push human beings toward each other, encouraging them to link together and form the bonds that enable them to survive.
We see this emphasis on nature when Victor ascends the mountain ‘and the solemn silence of this glorious presence-chamber of imperial Nature was broken only by the brawling waves’ the use of descriptive imagery and alliteration shows how nature is sublime to humans, which ties in with the romanticism of the text. Also the metaphor, ‘it allows me this faint happiness, or take me, as your companion, away from the joys of life." Shows the reader how Victor is affected by this sudden exposure to nature, he feels rejuvenated and cheerful, this symbolises how important it is
Compare/Contrast of Emerson and Whitman After reading Emerson’s passage “The American Scholar”, by Emerson, it really made it apparent that Whitman was heavily influenced by Emerson in his writing of “I Celebrate Myself”. Whitman tried to share his happiness that he was experiencing by making descriptions of how perfect nature is, so immediately I saw a relation with the Emerson excerpts. Whitman, like Emerson wants you to become one with nature, not only by being in nature, but by taking notice and really becoming a part of it, “Have you reckoned a thousand acres much? Have you reckoned the earth much? Have you practiced so long to learn to read?” I feel as if Whitman is saying that everybody has seen a thousand acres, everybody is constantly exposed to the Earth, but do you really experience it?
When he states that, “Nature loves analogies, but not repetitions” (Emerson) he is using personification. He is giving Nature the feeling of liking analogies and not liking repetitions. Emerson is always mentioning nature in this essay about education. The quote means that our human nature likes things that are different but connected at the same time and not things that are repeated over and over again. This is the same for education.
Romantic authors: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge IMAGINATION: BLAKE=considered imagination, and not sense perceptions, as the means through which Man could know the world. Imagination means “to see more, beyond material reality, into the life of things”. God, the child and the poet share this power. The poet therefore becomes a sort of prophet. WORDSWORTH= claimed imagination as his supreme gift.
In In the essay “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson states “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” Armstrong reflects that belief when he sings the color of trees and roses. The appreciation for nature’s beauty is also shown by Armstrong when he later sings “I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, The dark sacred night”. Emerson states “Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration.” Armstrong reflects that belief when he sings about clouds and night. Armstrong emphasizes nature and the association between man and nature when he sings “The colors of the rainbow, So pretty in the sky.
Coleridge presented the supernatural world in his poetry while Wordsworth selected subjects from Nature and rural life. In 1799 Wordsworth moved to the Lake District along with his sister Dorothy where he lived thereafter. He was so impressed by the scenery and society of this area that his best poetry is based upon these impressions. The beauty of the land and the hard but free life of the farmers fascinated him. In the Lake District he found Nature with all her physical and spiritual grace.