What is Emerson's view about the duties of the American Scholar?(What is the problem with the current state of being-how can one improve?)

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In Emerson's "American Scholar," the idea of the importance of breeding/fostering a new type of intellectual is emphasized.   To begin with, Emerson feels that society creates a drag on the individual, and he becomes "the parrot of other men's thinking."  This is the idea that an individual ceases to have any original insight and merely repeats knowledge/wisdom from the past or other contemporaries.   Emerson continues to explain why we relish in unoriginal thoughts as he continues to deliver this oration to Phi Beta Kappa.  Unfortunately, because of the need to classify anomalies and natural order, man's relationship to...

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