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6.Describe situations oraspectsof your own life inwhichEmerson’s ideas about theimportance of the individualmight apply:
7. If you had heard this essay asa public lecture, whatquestions would you haveliked to ask Emerson directlyabout his philosophy(mustWrite at least two)?
8. “Self-Reliance” contains anumber of memorable sayingsoraphorisms– briefstatements, usually onesentence long, that express ageneral principle or truthabout life. An example is “Afoolish consistency is thehobgoblin of little minds.”
Identify at least two otheraphorisms from this essay.
English 11Transcendentalist Literature Analysis Chart“Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo EmersonTranscendentalist ElementEvidence in this WorkSelf-reliance/intuitionUnderstanding comes from withinindividual, rather than beinglearned.Individual capable of making owndecisions without the help/guidanceofsociety.“ Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates,and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, andGalileo, and Newton, and every pure and wisespirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to bemisunderstood.…” (Page 96).Importance of nature“Nature” means both the earth and…human nature (inherentlygood)In both aspects, nature is the ultimateguide and sustainer.Found the divine innature.Viewed the earth/nature as aspiritualplace.“Its nature satisfied, and it satisfies nature, in allmoments alike,” (Page 96).“The other terror that scares us from self-trust isour consistency; a reverence for our past act orword, because the eyes of others have no otherdata for computing our orbit than our past acts,and we are loath to disappoint them,” (Page 95).Free thought and expressionsociety should not silence theindividualEach person should be free toexpress him/herself without fear.“I am ashamed to think how easily we capulate tobadges and names, to large societies and deadinstitutions,” (Page 94)The individual is important/nonconformityIndividual conscience more importantas guide than the law, governmentandcommunity.Society corrupts people, who aregoodto beginwith“There is a time in every man’s education whenhe arrives at the conviction that envy isignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he musttake himself for better, for worse, as his portion;that though the wide universe is full of good, nokernel of nourishing corn can come to him butthrough his toil bestowed on that plot of groundwhich is given to him to till,” (Page 93).Confidenceindividual should rely on his/herownknowledge rather than living bysociety’s normsAmericans could form their ownidentity and didn’t need to imitateEuropeans“Every great man is unique… Shakespeare willnever be made by the study of Shakespeare. Dothat which is assigned to you, and you cannothope too much or dare too much…” (Page 97)
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