Transcendentalism: United States and Thoreau Essay

Submitted By vinh111
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Both Thoreau and McCandless are alike in the way that they both were willing to go to extreme lengths and isolation to ensure that they get the most out of life and discover a truer joy. They both thought that society wasn't experiencing true happiness, and they wanted to be independence from false happiness seemed to be the most effective method. McCandless thought that anyone who didn't endure crazy wilderness expeditions was wrong and that everyone should be as independent as he. I respect Thoreau more because he never criticized anyone else's ideas of life and happiness, but always remained open-minded towards everyone and their ideas and beliefs. Thoreau was a transcendentalist who believed in a quest for truth. The best way to find truth according to transcendentalist ideas is to communicate with nature and to search inside one’s self. Christopher was a boy who was born in a rich East Coast family. He graduated from one of the best universities in the United States. Walden is the book wrote by Thoreau when he was at Walden Peak around the turn of the century. Into The Wild is a bestseller book in the 1990 about Chris McCandless travels around the United State to discovered true happiness. However Thoreau want to enjoy the life, Chris wasn’t content with his life and didn’t know what the truth about his existence was. Therefore, he decided to abandon his family and society to find his sincere self, which was his vital target. He thought that he wasn’t the person that