The Beauty of the Common.
That is the title of your essay, but you can write it however you would like. In "Nature," Emerson writes, "It will not need, when the mind is prepared to study, to search for objects. The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common." So I want you to use that as your guide. an essay (at least three pages, 12 pt. font, 1" margins all around ) that does two things: it should present a thesis about the beauty of the common as you see it, and the beauty of the common as Emerson saw it. Use Emerson and Carlyle to help you through it, and try to find some common ground between them and yourself, between their world and yours. The Transcendentalists were brilliant at finding beauty in the most common of things (a rock for example, or a leaf), and they truly believed it.
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