Transcendental Literature

Transcendental Literature

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  • Henry David Thoreau and Herman Melville sit at a party together.
  • So, Mr. Melville, I've recently read one of your novels.
  • Really? And how did you like it?
  • Hello pot, this is kettle. You do the same thing through your hidden meanings; you show small actions having large consequences. Where is the realism in that? That is why I prefer to give people hope.
  • In all honesty, it wasn't my favorite. You seem to have a pessimistic attitude the greatly contrasts with my optimistic one.
  • Well, if you mean that I don't believe every man is born innately good, then you are correct
  • What do you mean?! That man is born sinful? How absurd! 
  • No way! All anyone cares about is what's in it for them. This "individualism" I read about in your books is much more absurd.
  • How dare you, sir! I'll have you know that that it is the individual man who has the power! He rules himself, coexists peacefully with nature, and stands up to injustices.
  • First of all: that's wrong. Man is too stupid and self-centered to rule himself. There is a higher power. On top of that, your "civil disobedience" bit is ridiculous; and how original to force your ideas on others through your books!
  • That's literally how the world works! Actions equal consequences, not rainbows and sunshine. Transcendentalism is false hope, if hope at all.
  • Thoreau and Melville argued for the rest of the night, well after the party was over
  • You narrow-minded, ignorant fool! 
  • You naïve, hopeless... mediocre writer! 
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