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Anti-Transcendentalism


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Anti-Transcendentalism

The Darker View

 

Also known as…

REALISM: the characters and situations presented in the literature are REAL; they have flaws, they can be corrupt, there is disappointment, etc.

DARK ROMANTICISM: this fiction focuses on the darkness of the human soul and accepts that there was sin and evil in the world

 

Anti-Transcendentalist Beliefs

 

Man is born with the stain of the original sin (man is born essentially bad)

Man is the most destructive force in nature

One can only find God through good works and life experience

There are no universal truths, just individual truths

There is no Oversoul idea-just Heaven and Hell.

 

The battle of the philosophies…

Differences in Attitudes:

 

Transcendentalism

Nature is soothing

Optimism

Creation

Man is naturally good

God can be found in nature

Hippies

Tigger

 

Anti-Transcendentalism

Nature can be harsh

Pessimism

Destruction

Man has evil tendencies

God can only be found through good deeds

Industrialists

Eeyore

 

More Clarification…

Anti-Transcendentalism:  focused on the limitations and potential destructiveness of the human spirit rather than on its possibilities.

Realism: The Realists sough to depict real life as faithfully and accurately as possible. Generally, the Realist presented everyday realities.

The writings focused on the ordinary lives of people and characters in the lower and middle-class.

 

How do these attitudes contrast TRANSCENDENTALISM?

Of Mice and Men & Moby Dick: two of the pieces we will read.



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