Self-reliance: Transcendentalism and Emerson Essay

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"Self-Reliance"

Juny Bernadin

AML2000 12-Week 2
Professor Andrew Smith
October 29, 2011

Thesis Statement

'Self-Reliance' has its value in its boldness, its construction, and mature attitudes toward evenness and letdown. In addition, Emerson's confident logic seems impregnable. To Emerson, not only is self-doubt absolutely out of the question, but it is a virtue to believe that everyone believes as you do. He writes that there is no value in life but personal principles and goals, and that society is irrelevant.

“Self-Reliance” “Self-Reliance,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a persuasive essay promoting the ways of inspirational views. He uses this essay to advance a major
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“Society is a wave. The wave move onward, but the water of which it is composed does not.” The clear metaphor of society to the wave and the particles of water to the people distinctively demonstrate Emerson’s idea the society never advances. If a man is not self-confident and is unable to share himself with others, as people die so too does their experience. Nevertheless, the ability to be self-reliant eliminates this loss of experience. Although this metaphor is strong enough on its own to provide all of the support necessary for the idea that society never advances, Emerson adds to it and his other ideas with examples.

The first examples used to support the lack of progression of society. The “civilized” man of the Americas and Europe compared to the “savages” of New Zealand. It is here that Emerson brings into question the digression in physical strength of men as he makes “advances.” These advances do just as much harm as good, making man lazy and indolent. Other areas that Emerson scrutinizes are the loss of skills that only years ago were essential, such as the ability to tell time by the sun, and the loss of attention to detail. With Emerson’s ideas clearly imbedded in our mind, and added by his style of inductive writing, he uses the consequences of ignoring him as the final blow in this battle to persuade.

Although no consequence is clearly define, Emerson has

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