Literature of the past is still relevant today because: Self-Reliance:Individualism. this can be shown by an exploration of literature from the Transcendtalists period and connections to today's society. "what ever the woman could lay her hands on she hid away"(Irving 154). People in today's world are self-reliance why doing things on their own looking out for them selves and nobody else. For example an single person living on own doing this for their self and looking out for them only.