Presentation on theme: "Important American Writers Transcendentalism philosophical movement that developed in the 1830s and 1840s protest general state of culture and society."— Presentation transcript:
Important American Writers Transcendentalism philosophical movement that developed in the 1830s and 1840s protest general state of culture and society core beliefs was the inherent goodness of both man and nature. believed that society and its institutions - particularly organized religion and political parties - ultimately corrupted the purity of the individual. They had faith that man is at his best when truly "self-reliant" and independent. It is only from such real individuals that true community could be formed.
Washington Irving Best known for his short stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” Sleepy Hollow is the story of the Headless Horseman. Rip Van Winkle is a story about a man who sleeps for twenty years and wakes up in a new world. The moral of the story is to live your life to the fullest and never waste a moments time.
Henry David Thoreau Important works were the book Walden and the essay “Civil Disobedience.” Walden is about a year that Thoreau spent living alone in the forest. “Civil Disobedience” is about doing what is right regardless of the law.