Explain the thematic applications of Emerson's "Self- Reliance."

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The most overwhelming thematic element of Emerson's essay is the call for individuals to follow their own voice.  For Emerson, this idea applies to all levels of people in all of society.  When individuals are able to follow their own voice, act upon their own sense of understanding, greater awareness of self emerges.  The primary thematic application of Emerson's essay...

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