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What is the plot overview of the essay "Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson?  Just explain...

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alfi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 17, 2009 at 8:46 PM via web

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What is the plot overview of the essay "Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson?

 

Just explain the main plot and what it talks about.

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 17, 2009 at 10:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Emerson discusses the harmony and unity between man and nature throughout this essay.  He believes that the world is divided into two parts:  the self (the soul) and the outside world (which he refers to as "nature").  He discusses the relationship between the two parts and explains that there can be perfection between the two parts.  If this perfection exists, then the self can communicate with the outside world, which he terms "community."  This is a very spiritual essay, and the following link goes into a lot more detail for you.

The essay is divided into eight parts/chapters: Nature, Commodity, Beauty, Language, Discipline, Idealism, Spirit and Prospects.

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