Transcendentalism Of Individualism In Frederick Douglass Narrative

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In Self Reliance, Emerson encourages his readers to basically follow their own path, to be yourself, and that being an individual is okay. Emerson’s idea about individualism is also similar to Whitman’s because they were Transcendentalists. This prompt from Self Reliance is significant because it basically summarizes all of his thoughts as a Transcendentalist. He makes it known that we need to understand how important our thoughts are rather than being influenced by others by saying “A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.” He is informing us that we all have a brain and intelligent thoughts but do not use them to their fullest …show more content…
Douglass says “This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave.” It was a turning point for Douglass because he gained so much internal strength and self-confidence to succeed in going against Mr. Convey and resisting the beating. It also gave him a stronger “determination to be free.” The fact that Douglass knew he was able to stand up to Mr. Convey gave him the push he needed to keep going on with his life, to feel like his life is definitely worth something, and continue his fight for freedom. In other words, he is saying that the miserable experience of slavery turned him into a stronger …show more content…
An example of this would be at the beginning of the chapter when it is mentioned to “live with your head in a lion’s mouth” and now Ellison adds “That night I dreamed that I was at a circus with him and that he refused to laugh at the clowns no matter what they did” and talks about clowns. To add to the mention of race not being taken seriously, the quote at the end “To Whom It May Concern,” I intoned. “Keep This Nigger-Boy Running” is important for summary of the entire chapter as well. The letter from the grandfather that was in the briefcase relates back to the scholarship and lets the readers know what the scholarship really means. The scholarship is sort of like a cover up to fool the narrator into thinking that he made progress towards racial equality with the whites when in reality his grandfather is saying he

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