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Self Reliance

Self Reliance

1. According to the opening statement, what does every person realize at some moment in his/her education? That envy is ignorance 2. In the second paragraph, what does Emerson say is every person’s destiny? 3. Explain what Emerson believes about society as a whole. (Paragraph 3) he believes society is a conspiracy and everyone is against one another. No one person is trying to help another; they are each trying to rise up against the other. 4. What is self-reliance an aversion to? Paragraph 3) society 5. What is a person’s most sacred possession? (Paragraph 4) the integrity of one’s own mind 6. Do you think there is a difference between self-reliance and the selfishness? Explain your answer. Yes self-reliance is when you rely on yourself for, maybe getting things done, selfishness on the other hand is thinking only of yourself and not considering others, I see where they could be confused. You may want to only think of yourself as being reliable, but there is a major difference. . Highlighted in green, you will find some of the figures of speech Emerson uses to make comparisons between two unlike things. For example, he likens planting corn to man’s daily struggle to live in the world. (Paragraph 1). What are his comparisons for the following: an iron string, an joint stock-company, and a corpse? I think he compares the corpse to maybe the past, stop bringing up the past in your memory. I think he compares a joint stock company 8.

In a paragraph, write your idea of self-reliance. Do you agree or disagree with Emerson? Why? Self-reliance to me is having the ability to rely on one’s self. It’s knowing that even if no one else does it, you are able to get it done yourself. It is almost the ability to have responsibility of you. Not in the sense of owning up to one’s responsibility but being able to take responsibility to get something done; knowing that you can and will do it because you are reliant upon yourself.

I can’t say whether I agree with Emerson or not because I don’t really understand his definition of self-reliance. 9. Describe Emerson’s style of writing. Find one sentence that is an example of this style. In your description, focus on his tone and purpose – see the following hint for assistance. Hint: When you discuss a writer’s style of writing, you look at his purpose for writing, word choice to convey a tone or attitude, the structure of sentences (for example, question or statement), and sentence and paragraph length, for starters. 0. Find one sentence that holds meaning for you and explain why this sentence speaks to you. Paraphrase the sentence (rewrite in your own words. ) There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.

This sentence speaks to me because it is simply saying there comes a time in your life where you realize that being jealous is bliss because it’s not going to get you what that other person has; trying to be someone or something else is just killing who you really are on the inside; you must take accept yourself for who you are .

I chose this sentence because to many people in the world are jealous of someone else. They are trying to change who they are on the outside because of someone or something else. If GOD wanted you like that he would have made you that way, you can’t change what god has made, be yourself because that’s who you are and no one can change that, you are an individual, be proud of it!!!