Emerson's Third Maxim Analysis

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Emersons' third maxim says, "Nothing is at least sacred, but then integrity of your own mind." In other words, the strength of our thoughts and our beliefs is what is most important to each and every individual. The theme that is projected within this statement is that a person's thoughts, opinions, and beliefs have more value than what they may possess materialistically. This theme is not only said in
Emerson's maxims, but also in the play called The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail that contains many characters that project the message and lesson of this theme.
A part of the play that ties in with Emerson's third maxim is in the beginning of Act Two when Henry and Edward, two main characters, are "huckleberry picking." While doing this activity, Edward asks
Henry, "How do you find
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Henry wants to show Edward that the society they live in focuses too much on their possessions and wealth that no one can seem to find the satisfaction within themselves by living simply. Despite an individual's circumstance, he or she is still able to strive for their goal by being able to believe him or herself and fortifying the mind. Emerson's third maxim ties in with Henry's teachings because it urges for thinking for one's self and making the mind stronger by being content and satisfied with what one has.
Both Emerson and Henry had the mindset of fortifying the mind and its beliefs and thoughts. They believed that through that, anyone was capable of living simply and being satisfied with what they already have. Henry taught Edward how to understand in believing in what cannot be seen by firmly trusting his mind to be imaginative. Emerson's third maxim pushed for learning how to help the mind imagine and think for itself despite the individual's surrounding conditions. These two believed that society and those living in it would be more content and satisfied by preserving the integrity

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