Where should we go to be alone according to Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature?

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is a preeminent Transcendentalist writer (novelist, essayist, and poet). Known for his interest in the individual and mysticism (the thought that spiritual truth is attained through deep thinking), Emerson believed that everything was connected to God and divine (because of its connection to God). The soul held great power in Emerson's mind. Nature, on the other hand, allows one to cleanse himself or herself.

 Chapter one of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature opens stating that man needs to "retire" from both his "chamber" and "society." He hides nothing when openly stating where a person must go to be alone. "But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars." Therefore, Emerson believes that, in order to find solitude, one must place himself or herself among the stars. This will separate him or her from all which he or she touches. 


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