Individualism : An Analysis Of Narratives By Jon Krakauer, Emerson, And Henry Thoreau

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Individualism: An analysis of narratives by Jon Krakauer, Emerson, and Henry Thoreau

Individualism is represented in eccentric people, people who set themselves apart from others. Many “individualists” are seen to be misunderstood at one point but are soon understood and may become famously known worldwide. Some famously known individualists are “Socrates, Galileo, Newton”, Everett Ruess, and Chris McCandless. Each of these rugged individualists were all misunderstood at one point. Galileo made a ridiculous assumption, according to the church, about how the planets in our solar system revolve around the sun. It was known that the sun revolved around the planets. We now use Galileo’s “assumption” to teach American youth today about our solar system. Although the theme “misunderstanding” seems to accommodate Self-Reliance, Civil Disobedience, and Into the Wild, “individualism” seems to comply the three texts more efficiently.
In Self-Reliance, Emerson points out how a person will have different impression from another when based on the same characteristic. “Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact , makes such impression on him, and another none.” (Emerson 190) A certain person may be appealing to one, but that same said person may be unappealing to another. He writes, "The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify of that particular ray." (Emerson 190) This demonstrates that even eyes are able to represent their own individuality by having a…

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