ENG 203 Short paper 1 - Kirsten Wing A37359474 Oct 1st 2007...

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Kirsten Wing A37359474 Oct. 1 st , 2007 ENG 203 sec. 002 Everyone wants to believe that they are unique and an individual, and yes, everyone has different characteristics that make them unique, but, often our individuality gets lost in a society where everyone wants to be accepted by one another. The constant internal struggle of man vs. society is a recurrent symptom of the human condition . This theme is skillfully examined in the works of Emerson and Thoreau. In today’s society man is told that having “things” will make him happy and that in order to be truly content he must conform to the social norm and thereby losing his individuality. Thoreau states “Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously course labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.” What Thoreau means by this is that throughout their lives men are concerned with what they want and what
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