Raldo Walph Emerson Essay

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1 According to the opening statement, what does every person realize at some moment in his/her education? At some moment in his/her education every person realizes, “that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.” 2 In the second paragraph, what does Emerson say is every person's destiny? To trust thyself and to accept the place the divine providence has found for you. 3 Explain what Emerson believes about society as a whole. (Paragraph 3) Emerson believes that society as whole is an unspoken slavery where everybody is working together but also against each other in order to be all the same. 4 What is self-reliance an aversion to? (Paragraph 3) Self-reliance is an aversion to society and its conformity. 5 What is a person's most sacred possession? (Paragraph 4) A person’s most sacred possession is the integrity of ones own mind. 6 Do you think there is a difference between self-reliance and selfishness? Explain your answer. Yes, self-reliance is having an independent stature and believing in yourself and not conforming to societal standards. Selfishness is only thinking of yourself and never others. 7 Highlighted in green, you will find some of the figures of speech Emerson uses to make comparisons between two unlike things. For example, he likens planting corn to man's daily struggle to live in the world. (Paragraph 1). What are his comparisons for the following: an iron string, an joint

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