Self-Reliance Questions and Answers
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Response paper on the "Self-Reliance" quote, "The power which resides in him...know until he has tried."

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Emerson's "Self Reliance" makes a very forceful argument in favor of individualism. It asks readers to reject conformity and look into their own hearts and souls to find their direction in life. It argues that an individual is the best judge of what their path in life should be; The individual is a better judge than their parents, their schools, or their traditions that can be found in books.

In writing a response paper, you would first want to evaluate Emerson's quote. Do you agree that the individual is the best judge of his path in life? Do you agree there is truly "none but he" that knows what he can do? Does Emerson go too far in this assertion? One might argue that there is wisdom to be found in consulting the people around us who might offer us insights and knowledge...

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