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  • Louisa May Alcott - 599 words
    Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, PA, on Nov. 29, 1832, and she was the second daughter of Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott. She had an older sister Anna and two younger sisters Elizabeth and May. The family moved to Boston, MA in 1834, where her father set up an experimental school that failed because of the lack of students. Since the Alcotts were relatively poor, Ralph Waldo Emerson financially supported them while they moved to Concord, MA. Amos and Abigail were both progressive educators and part of the Transcendental Movement in America so they instructed Louisa and her three sisters in this progressive educational style. Her father advised Louisa to keep a journal. She bega ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne The Literary Conscience - 1,428 words
    ... s House. After leaving the Customs House, Hawthorne published the novel The Scarlet Letter. In the introduction to the novel, Hawthorne dedicated two paragraphs to express his contempt of the town of Salem. Although this angered many Salemites, the book became very popular, even with many Salemites. According to John Clendenning, The novel is controlled by a single idea the suffering that results from sin(114). In the book, Hawthorne reveals that in Puritan New England, a sinner was not necessarily physically isolated, but socially isolated. This isolation led to the suffering of Hester Prynne. This romance can be easily felt by its audience as well as understood. We sympathize with Hes ...
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  • Brook Farm Experiment - 846 words
    The Brook Farm Institute of Agriculture and Education, was a short-lived utopian experiment in communal living. "Brook Farm, a cooperative community established in 1841 in West Roxbury (now part of Boston) was a joint-stock company run by leaders of the philosophical movement known as transcendentalism." ("Perspectives In American Literature Guide" Online) Brook Farm was formed to combine the thinker and the worker. "As thinkers, mankind have ever divided into two sects, Materialists and idealists; the first class founding on experience, the second on consciousness; the first class beginning to think from the data of the senses, the second class perceive that the senses are not final, and sa ...
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  • Progressive Movement Of 1918 - 497 words
    "Progressive Education assumes the world changes, and that in a universe that is not particularly concerned with ability to think straight" - Rychard Fink During the early 1900s, the Progressive Movement came to the forefront of what Herbert Kliebard has called "the struggle for the American curriculum." Progressivism consistently challenged traditional ideals concerning the foundations upon which students' education in schools was based. The movement was greatly influenced by the writings of John Dewey, who was inspired by such known political theorists as Vittoriano da Feltre, Campanella, Comenius, Pestalozzi, Rousseau, and Bronson Alcott. In addition to Dewey, such prominent curriculum th ...
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  • Fidelity - 404 words
    Little Women is one of the classics of American children's literature. It is a Sentimentalist and domestic novel. (For a description of Sentimentalism, please see "Context"; domestic novels are simply those that revolve around the home, focusing on marriage, child-rearing, and family affections.) Alcott's novel centers on four girls growing up and starting families of their own. Furthermore, the novel is didactic. As characters in the book try to teach each other helpful lessons about life, virtue, and morality, so is the book trying to teach the reader. Each of the mistakes that the girls in the novel make is intended to provide some instruction for the audience. Little Women has also been ...
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  • Transcendentalism - 1,670 words
    Transcendentalism was a movement in philosophy, literature, and religion that emerged and was popular in the nineteenth century New England because of a need to redefine man and his place in the world in response to a new and changing society. The industrial revolution, universities, westward expansion, urbanization and immigration all made the life in a city like Boston full of novelty and turbulence. Transcendentalism was a reaction to an impoverishment of religion and mechanization of consciousness of eighteenth century rational doctrines that ceased to be satisfying. After the success of the American Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, an American man emerged confident and energeti ...
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  • Transcendentalism - 1,610 words
    ... sight, and access to knowledge beyond senses is possible for everyone. Unitarians and transcendentalists disagreed on the role of outside God in revelations. Jonathan Edwards, before the transcendental movement, was the first one to say that an individual can receive divine light directly, without the guidance of a pastor. But this assumes the acts of God, that revelation as divine light can be brought to an individual from the outside, while correspondence proclaims the constant presence of divinity, "the divine light," in each person. By opening the door to the exercise of the intellect and free conscience, and encouraging an individual in his quest for divine meaning, Unitarians unwit ...
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  • Jane Eyre And Little Women: Jane And Jo Comparison - 1,560 words
    The novels Jane Eyre and Little Women are strikingly similar in many ways, and the characters Jane Eyre and Jo March are almost mirrors of each other. There are many similarities between Jane and Jo, and also some differences, as well. From childhood, although they find themselves in completely different situations, both girls experience many of the same trials in their younger years. Jane is an orphan who has no family to call her own, and lives with an aunt and cousins who despise and dislike her. She was left penniless by the death of her parents, and is reminded daily by her house mates that she is inferior to them because of her circumstance. Jo grows up in a loving home with three ador ...
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  • The Inheritance - 1,016 words
    The Inheritance is a beautiful story book tale spun with all the irony and innocence of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. Written by Louisa May Alcott, at age seventeen, it presents one of the only classics created by a teenager. Although some may only read this novel due to the popularity of the author and her other works, many will be pleasantly surprised at the talent contained in the pages. This talent in Alcotts The Inheritance is manifested in the areas of character, theme, and irony. Character is such an important part of a novel because a character can influence so much of what a reader thinks and feels. Edith Adelon, is a poor orphan living as a companion to a rich girl, Amy Hamilton, ...
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  • Critical Analysis Of The Themes In "little Women" - 463 words
    Little Women is a book in which the author, Louisa May Alcott, tries to instruct the reader through each of the girls mistakes and lessons. The characters try to teach each other helpful lessons about life, virtue, and morality. This in return teaches the reader, which Alcott intended this novel to do. Growing up in Massachusetts in the nineteenth century, the March girls are torn with their father away at war. Each girl strives to better herself by trying to get rid of faults. They strive to be good, which is different in each girls eyes. Beth believes that being good means to not be as shy. Meg has a weakness for luxury and leisure. Jo vows to become more of a girl while still acting as th ...
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  • Transcandentalism - 1,867 words
    Mark Twain was a catalyst for the American education reform movement and the social changes that it brought. By writing in a style that the common man could relate to, he opened a nations eyes to problems, within the nation, that may have gone undetected. Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, which was two months sooner than expected. At this time Missouri was a slave holding state. However, Twain's father, a local storeowner, was against slavery in all forms and instilled this belief in his son at a young age. Twain 's hometown was small. He describe it as having two main roads only 100 yards long with a population of no more than 50 peopl ...
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  • Little Woman - 1,467 words
    by Louisa May Alcott This book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It in a town in New England in the 1800's. It about a family and the girls growing up during the 1800's and the things they have to face. The growing pains that all girls have to go through even now. This was a very sad book at the end when Beth dies. The four main characters are Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth the story centers around the four girls and the life they have during the time they are growing up. Marmee the girls mother is another main character because she is always supporting them in every decision and helping them to make through bad times even when they did not get anything for Christmas. The setting was in New Engla ...
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  • Emerson And Transcendentalism - 1,221 words
    Mrs. McKenny English 10 Honors May 15, 2000 Transcendentalism and Ralph Waldo Emerson So what is Transcendentalism anyway and how have men's thoughts and outlooks been able make it what it is remembered as? I. Ralph Waldo Emerson A. Emerson's Life 1. Childhood 2. Adulthood B. Emerson's thoughts and views 1. Thoughts on resolutions 2. Views of people 3. Feelings about the universe and soul II. Transcendentalism A. History 1. When it occurred a. what was going on around the time of transcendentalism? b. How did these events affect its development 2. Where it comes from a. where did Emerson get his ideas? b. What cultures influenced the philosophy? B. The movement 1. The transcendentalists 2. W ...
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