Paper on Thoreau

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Lindsay Lastinger Thoreau Essay 1 Coach Allen February 8, 2009 The Power of Individuality “To believe in your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men—that is genius. Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milan, is that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men, but what they thought” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Throughout The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail , Henry David Thoreau continuously expresses his idolization for Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson. He lives by Emerson’s thoughts and philosophies to such an extreme that at one point during the play, Emerson refers to him as his “walking ethic”. The diction above highlights Emerson’s opinion on individuality. He believes that individuality is of the most valuable qualities one can uphold and that Moses, Plato, and Milan all deserve admiration for portraying this excellence in their lives. Thoreau clearly agrees with Emerson’s philosophy, which prompts him to make several decisions that demonstrate the
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