Presentation on theme: "Www.lucidcafe.com/library/96may/emerson.html. Who was Emerson? Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803 (where the Salem Witch Trails took place.)"— Presentation transcript:
Who was Emerson? Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803 (where the Salem Witch Trails took place.) Emerson was a major American poet, philosopher and center of the American Transcendental movement.
–He was sent to Boston Latin school in 1812 after his father died. –In 1817 at the age of 14 he went to Harvard College and he graduated from there in 1821. –He then went to Harvard Divinity School were he became a Unitarian Minister in 1829.
Adult L ife In 1831(at the age of 19) he married his first wife Ellen Louisa Tucker. In 1835 he married his second wife Lydia Jackson. They had four children together. They bought a house on Cambridge Turnpike, in Concord Massachusetts. http://www.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/ralphwaldoemerson.html
Beliefs He was Atheist (no religion) because he didn’t praise Jesus as a "God“ Instead he read Coleridge’s view of the German Transcendental Idealist and this caused him not to believe in soul and God. He strongly spoke out against abolitionism, radicalism, and individualism. He believed that people should live a simple life in harmony with nature and with others.
His father died two weeks before his 8 th birthday. He also lost his first wife in 1831 due to consumption. In 1842 he lost his first child Waldo who was 5.
Personal Life He found himself strangely attracted to a man named Martin Gay that also attended harvard and he wrote sexually charged poetry about him.
Modern Day Films He may have liked the movie The Crucible (1996)because it’s about witchcraft and he was from where the Salem Witch Trials took place. He also may have liked the movie Broke Back Mountain(2005) because it was about two men strangely attracted to each other and he went through the same experience. He probably wouldn’t like the movie Passion of Christ (2004) because it was against his religion. He also wouldn’t like Dying Young(1991) because he lost his wife at a young age.