Essay On Self-Reliance By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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1. Do you agree with the main assertions in Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance?” How does it relate to Bryant’s “To A Waterfowl?” In “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson the main belief is that each individual should depend on themselves and themselves alone. Emerson talks about how trying to conform to the rules and views of society can cause a person to lose their own identity. Emerson stresses that the thoughts an individual has while in solitude is who the person really is; however, people try to cover up and change that person to meet the expectations of society. Emerson says that people should live more like babies and young children who have not yet learned the consequences of what they say or do, so they are still live by their own …show more content…
In “Young Goodman Brown” the members of the community are truly evil; however, they are disguised in the daytime as Christian people. In “The Minister’s Black Veil” the focus of the story is on each individual person’s secret sins that they try to hide. The Minister’s black veil is a representation of his own sins that he is showing to the community and makes the community uncomfortable because it reminds them of their own sins. The community is viewed as a group of sinful people who hid their evils on the inside, while trying to be good Christian’s on the outside. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Birth-mark” the focus is on how people try to focus on the imperfections of other’s in order to overshadow or forget about their own imperfections. Hawthorne shows that everyone, even the most beautiful still have something wrong with them or have a sin they carry with them. In all of these stories the community is seen as the evil, the sin, and the imperfection. The community is portrayed as having a good, Christian exterior, but are ultimately evil on the …show more content…
Also this cat had a white patch on the chest, which was not a characteristic on the first cat. I think the man obtained the second cat trying to overcome his guilt of what he had done to the first cat. I can; however, see how the second cat could be used as an imaginary form of the man’s guilt. I just think with the description of where the cat was sitting, this makes the cat more real for me. I do not believe that Ligeia rose from the shroud of Rowena. I believe that the man had a true connection with Ligeia and that he did everything to try to forget her, even remarried. I believe that he used Rowena to try to replace Ligeia; however, he never connected with her because he was never able to truly forget about Ligeia. I believe that he was drugged on opium and had a hallucination about Rowena’s body showing signs of life again. I also believe it was in that hallucination that he saw Ligeia, the person who he connected with and was trying to forget, come back to life.
4. How does the language (the internal rhyme, the allusions, the alliteration, etc.) work to set the mood of “The

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