Please provide a critical analysis of “The American Scholar.”

You could critically analyze Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The American Scholar” by connecting his points to debates happening right now. You could link his argument that writers are inordinately idolized to arguments that celebrities, politicians, and so on are being overly idolized. More so, you could connect Emerson’s emphasis on physical action to the ways in computers and phones diminish physical movement.

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There are several ways you could critically analyze Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The American Scholar.” You could start by trying to talk about the relevance of his ideas. Many of his arguments appear to correlate to discussions and debates that are happening right now.

At one point, Emerson warns against the idolization of past writers like John Locke and Cicero. He says people tend to forget that such classic writers were people like them. You might relate Emerson’s point to how people right now might forget that politicians, celebrities, or influncers on social media with heaps of followers are also only people.

Emerson’s speech also connects to contemporary society when he emphasizes action. Remember, Emerson puts down the belief that a scholar is “unfit for any handiwork or public labor.” He believes it’s vital for a scholar to physically move around. You might link Emerson’s emphasis on action to current writers’ exhortation to engage with more than a computer or a...

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