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A hobgoblin is a small, mischief-making imp from folklore and fairytales whose intentions are usually evil. In this statement, Emerson uses hobgoblin as a metaphor, comparing the abstract term...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020, 11:59 am (UTC)

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In "Self-Reliance," Emerson has no kind words regarding society. He essentially sees society as the bane of the individual, poisonous to every person's potential to grow into a unique person:...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 11:25 am (UTC)

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In "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson follows his statement that "whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist" with an illustrative anecdote which tends to shock religious readers. When he was...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021, 11:08 am (UTC)

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The thrust of Emerson's argument in this essay is that self-reliance, or self-determination, is the most important thing a person can possess. If we are self-determined and able to trust in the...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021, 12:12 pm (UTC)

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In Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance," the main idea is that the individual should exist apart from society. In other words, people should be themselves completely and not seek to conform to...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2017, 3:02 am (UTC)

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Let's take a closer look at the full quotation from Emerson: Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string Emerson explains fairly explicitly what he means by this comment. In writing...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018, 7:40 am (UTC)

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The most important idea in "Self-Reliance" is that of individualism. Emerson emphasizes that it is one's primary duty to trust one's own instincts, express oneself, and give to the world the gifts...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 12:08 pm (UTC)

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Emerson believed that individuals should think for themselves, not simply conform to popular ideas because they are the most popular and not simply stick with one opinion so as to avoid appearing...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019, 2:09 pm (UTC)

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In this essay, Emerson encourages each person to live by their own principles. He exhorts the readers to rely on themselves for their ideas and values and goals, rather than listening to what other...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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To understand this line from "Self-Reliance," we have to put it in context. Emerson is urging the reader to listen to his own intuitive insights, and not put them aside because he doubts his...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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In his essay on “self-reliance,” Ralph Waldo Emerson emphasizes the importance of trusting one’s own conscience; only by doing so can one realistically expect to maintaining one’s personal...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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Emerson essentially believes that traveling is overrated. He supports this perspective through an initial focus on "the idea" of places like Italy, England, and Egypt, and the fascination of...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016, 4:36 pm (UTC)

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As was mentioned in the previous post, society's main purpose is to suppress individuality, force people to conform to the status quo, and encourage citizens to behavior consistently. Emerson...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2017, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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This passage from the essay Self-Reliance follows Ralph Waldo Emerson's remarks about people's reluctance to change their opinions that have already been approved by others. That is, people are...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2017, 1:26 pm (UTC)

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"Planting corn" is a metaphor (a comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as") for making the most of one's own abilities so that one bears a good harvest (i.e., so that they do good in...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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This quotation comes from the early part of Emerson's "Self Reliance," which focuses on the importance of individualism and the self. What Emerson is saying is that for every person, eventually...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018, 9:27 am (UTC)

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Emerson is trying to point out the challenges with remaining as a non- conformist. At the time in which he is writing, America began to embrace a model of industrialization and the notion of...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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The title of Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" gives a clear notion of why the author regards imitation as suicide. One should rely on oneself, which entails being original. In the same paragraph...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 11:16 am (UTC)

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This quote is from Emerson's "Self-Reliance," and it's about the importance of originality and trusting one's own instincts in the process of becoming educated. The person who truly wants to become...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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I think this segment of Emerson's Self-Reliance focuses on the theme of confidence. If we cannot believe in ourselves, we have already defeated the purposes and aims we set out to achieve. In...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2010, 6:41 am (UTC)

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By the word, "palms," Emerson is referring to the palm leaf or laurel branch, which in ancient times was used by people to celebrate a victory or occasion for rejoicing. One example of this usage...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016, 8:37 pm (UTC)

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Emerson's view of the world minimized the divisions between the different aspects of nature, and so for him the distinction between humans and vegetables is less pronounced than most assume it to...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 11:45 am (UTC)

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Emerson's essay is aimed at young men--and we must emphasize men--graduating from college or in other ways about to embark on a life of opportunity. In other words, he writes to persuade privileged...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2018, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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In this passage, Emerson is using language with religious connotations to make the point that everyday people aren't meant to be followers or passive bystanders on the sidelines. Everyone should...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2016, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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This passage relates to Emerson's central theme of nonconformity. He defines greatness as the ability to think apart from the crowd and to not give into certain ideas just because the majority...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 11:13 am (UTC)

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In his essay "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson champions individualism, spontaneity, nature, and intuition. Emerson subscribes to the belief that individuals should trust themselves and not seek...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2016, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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As a Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson believed strongly in individualism; it is important, Emerson held, for each individual to follow whatever his conscience dictated at any particular time....

Latest answer posted February 18, 2012, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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As a transcendentalist, Emerson belived that peopl must live their own lives and not worry themselves with that other people do of what other people think. In "Self-Reliance" he discusses this...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2009, 9:49 am (UTC)

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Both texts, Nature and "Self-Reliance," by Ralph Waldo Emerson, illuminate a few of the main tenets of Transcendentalism. First, the tenet of individualism is present in both texts. In Nature,...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 11:51 pm (UTC)

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Emerson strongly champions nonconformity in his essay "Self-Reliance." He believes that a true man must be a nonconformist, because otherwise, he will simply agree with what those around him say...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 11:30 am (UTC)

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The individual's responsibility to society is to remain the individual. The individual must be a nonconformist and take care of himself. Although in society it is easy to conform, and in fact...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011, 8:54 am (UTC)

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Emerson defines an individual as a person who has learned to "Trust [his or her] self." The real individual knows that "envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020, 12:47 am (UTC)

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In "Self-Reliance," as the title indicates, Emerson tries to persuade young people just graduating from college to follow their own hearts and souls in seeking their paths through life. He is...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018, 11:15 am (UTC)

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When Ralph Waldo Emerson uses the phrase "that divine idea each of us represent," he means the uniqueness of each person as conceived by God. In his essay "Self-Reliance," Emerson urges all people...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016, 6:28 am (UTC)

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Emerson is using a metaphor. He is figuratively speaking of all the bards and sages, that is, all the poets and philosophers, as if they are stars lighting up the entire sky like our Milky Way...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015, 1:59 pm (UTC)

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Emerson's essay "Nature" is an explanation of how humans and animals and plants are all part of the natural world, and within Nature is contained a beauty that also comes from people's response to...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2015, 8:12 am (UTC)

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In "Self-Reliance," Emerson regards the prayers of most people, which are prayers of petition for worldly goods or favors, to be "vicious." These prayers are wrong-headed, in his opinion, because...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019, 12:14 am (UTC)

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In "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the author encourages people to be self-reliant in seeking their future, as the title suggests. Each person is distinct and individual and must follow his...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 12:55 pm (UTC)

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Emerson wrote that "[s]ociety everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members" and that a man is "clapped into jail by his consciousness." By this, he meant that the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020, 4:34 pm (UTC)

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Emerson is not trying to advise everybody to be a nonconformist. He is addressing his remarks to intelligent individuals who are capable of understanding him. No doubt a lot of these individuals...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2014, 11:27 pm (UTC)

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This quote is from a paragraph that really explains the meat of Emerson's essay and one of the most important tenets of transcendentalism. It is from the paragraph that starts "whoso would be a...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009, 1:29 pm (UTC)

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In this passage, Emerson calls readers toward nonconformity. He asks his audience to accept their individuality, their unique thoughts, and their distinctive value. Rather than comparing our ideas...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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Society is the force one must push back against to achieve self-reliance and learn to understand one's individual destiny, according to Emerson. Society is the collective force of conformity that...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020, 11:33 pm (UTC)

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This is an opinion question, and could really be answered either way. The prior expert's answer focuses on how marketing drives much of what we desire—or think we desire—in life, and how this...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2018, 6:11 am (UTC)

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As a Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson firmly believed in the merits of individualism and the power of intuition. In his essay, "Self-Reliance," he explains, To believe your own thought, to...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2013, 4:12 am (UTC)

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The word "genius" derives from the Latin gignere, and it originally referred to the nature of something or someone. This developed, however, to the point where "genius" came to mean innate talent...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 11:11 am (UTC)

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Emerson believed in two kinds of "learning" --- tuition and intuition. Tuition is the kind of learning we generally associate with school. It comes from effort, from absorbing knowledge...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2008, 1:38 pm (UTC)

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The implication within the quote is the idea of focusing on the individual's actions. The individual is in the position of power to be able to impact their world with a sense of action and...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009, 9:47 am (UTC)

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Tone is the attitude or mood a writer conveys. In "Self-Reliance," Emerson conveys a tone of complete confidence and unwavering conviction in what he has to say. He is serious and never hesitant—he...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020, 1:19 am (UTC)

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In "Self-Reliance," Emerson states that No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. By this, Emerson means that a person should look inward to his or her own soul to find the correct path...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 11:24 am (UTC)

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