Transcendentalism Pop Culture Project Melissa vega

“Do not go where the path may lead you, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the Disney movie Brave released in 2012, the main character is Princess Merida who is suppose to choose someone to marry. She had no intentions and decided to find a way and change her fate. So she took matters into her own hands and went her own way.This is a great example for nonconformity because her actions showed failure or refusal to conform to a prevailing rule of practice meaning she did not listen to what others said. she ened up just following her heart and was not a follower. she is a good example of a leader. This example fits the raplh walden emerson perfectly because princess merida does not listen to anything anyone tries to tell her. Even though along the way she found many conflicts, Princess Merida still ended up changing her fate in the end.

Self- Reliance
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Stand a little taller

Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone

What doesn't kill you makes a fighter

Footsteps even lighter

Doesn't mean I'm over cause you're gone”

These quotes are based on the idea that one must rely on himself or herself before others and one does not need to depend on others for their success. In “Stronger” Kelly Clarkson released in 2011 shows independence by saying “Just me, myself, and I” and explains even when she is alone she does not feel lonely because she has herself to rely on. This song really connects with the quote because her song she trusts in herself and i feel that some of us can truly relate to what she is saying in the lyrics. Her song has strong meaningful words that embrace self reliance.

Importance of Nature
"In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel nothing can befall me in life--no disgrace, no calamity, which nature cannot repair”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the movie “Avatar” released in 2009 the tree is considered sacred to the people.Avator is movie that shows the importance of nature to one race, na'vi. the planet they live onis called Pandora and all living organisms are connected.Thier tress are connected to other trees and each na'vi can connect themselves to different animals to sense each other feelings, meaning their universe is united. The tree protects the balance of life and had a lot of respect for their land and nature. They believed that they must become part of nature and use nature for their survival because of it shows the importance of nature. The movie connects to the raplh walden emerson quote because it says that in the BEGINNING of nature you return to reason. The nature of the na'vi teaches them the people lessons. Nature to them is not only a object but it is a living soul that they need to survive in their daily lives.

Favoring Intuition over Reason
“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do you may still exist but you have ceased to live”
-Henry David Thoreau "Walden"

Steve Jobs pursued his dreams and his products have become household items. He was told he was crazy for things like the "iPad" or "iPhone" coming out back in 2008, thinking they could actually exist or even work. But he of course proved them wrong by creating the impossible pieces of technology.this is a great example for favoring reason over tution from the raplh walden emerson quote because steve jobs has failed so many times and was even fired from his own company he had started but he still never gave up, nor did that bring him down. Our world is very thankful for him following his dreams and never giving up after people bringing him down. He is a great example of favoring intuition over reason. He would always think outside the box and now everyone was heard of him.

Simplified Life
“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”
"Our life is frittered away by detail”
-Henry David Thoreau "Walden”

In 2007 Shrek 3 was released and Shrek lives in a swamp in the middle of a forest and does not care what it looks like. The swamp ia not the nicest home made but it feels like home to shrek because it fits with his type of personality. he can careless about being rich or handsome. shrek is very unique and does not try to be someone that he is not. people would alway tend to judge him or be afraid of him just for judging the way he looks and where he lives. People focus too much on material things that do not really matter. All the little details are nothing compared to the whole picture. this example fits great with ralph walden emerson because shrek lives a simple wonderful live. then people always thought he would be alone the rest of his but he ended marrying someone just like him that was not all into ROYALTY or money. she was a women who accepted him for just the way he is. He is content with the simplified life he lives even when people judge for what his swamp alone in the woods looks like.


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