Americans and Travel

I’m interested in the way Emerson and Thoreau portray the danger of travel or “leaving home” in the following passages.

The soul is no traveler: the wise man stays at home with the soul, and when his necessities, his duties, on any occasion call him from his house, or into foreign lands, he is at home still, and is not gadding abroad from himself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”

The road grew wilder and drearier and more faintly traced, and vanished at length, leaving him in the heart of the dark wilderness, still rushing onward with the instinct that guides mortal man to evil. -Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown”

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