American Scholar By Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay

768 Words Jul 15th, 2015 4 Pages
• “American Scholar” is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s address to his fraternity brothers & fellow distinguished scholars in which he urges them to nurture their creativity. With the use of metaphors, personification, and parallelism, Emerson challenges his audience to absorb as much worldly knowledge as they can so that they can apply their knowing into creating a better tomorrow. o Metaphors
 “The millions, that around us are rushing into life, cannot always be fed on the sere remains of foreign harvests.”
• This quote will probably be in the first half of my second paragraph. Since I can introduce it as one of the first rhetorical choices presented in the essay.
• Emerson uses the metaphor towards the beginning of his speech to emphasize the notion of importance of culture in the country itself. Since “foreign harvest” is probably an allusion to European and Asian culture, Emerson implies that our dependability upon other parts of the world for cultural influences has come to an end. And it is up in which direction our society is headed.
 “In the degenerate state … he tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men’s thinking.”
• This quote probably transitions well from the prior one because I can probably easily switch to talking about how we must be wary of influences from wherever they may be affecting our own free thought and creativity. Which is kind of also what I think Emerson is trying to get at by not letting foreign factors influence us.

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