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Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self Reliance" Analysis Essay. Task: To Write About The Impact Of The Essay In Todays Society Or If It Is Possible For Everyone To Be Self Reliant

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Imagine the world taken over by toddlers who yield to no one. In a world where everyone does as he or she pleases, chaos would dominate. In Emerson's "Self-Reliance", he proposes his version of an ideal society where no one conforms to one another. Even though his ideas maintain influential in modern society, his impractical world contradicts with human nature and ceases to encourage any nation to establish such a society.Even though Emerson's idea is impractical in reality, "Self-Reliance" continues to be studied and scrutinized for deeper meanings by people around the world. During Emerson's time, an idea that influenced many transcendentalists was that to achieve direct connection with the Over-Soul, one must acquire self-reliance and self-trust. Walt Whitman, an influential poet and a transcendentalist himself, was a famous figure who Emerson had influenced on. However, in today's society, Transcendentalism, which is the belief of an Over-Soul, proves to be outdated, as to people now, are more interested in Emerson's ideas of conformity and self-reliance. Emerson's "Self-Reliance" doesn't receive any less attention in online discussion forums than American Classics such as Huckleberry Finn. People all over the world interact in online discussions about Emerson's ideas. Moreover, his essay appears under many American Literature recommendation lists. Not only that, many people in high-school has already read or heard of Emerson's "Self-Reliance." Students in class are also enthusiastic to reflect upon Emerson's ideas. Discussions may recall Emerson's emphasis on self-reliance or the improbability of a community to maintain order if everyone are nonconformists.The nature of human behavior opposes even the slightest hope for a non-conformist society to take shape. There will always be people who conform to others because humans often imitate those they envy or admire. People are naturally greedy, cynical, and violent; Because during ancient time's greed and violence ensure survival of the fittest. Emerson metaphorically says, "If I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil," (Emerson 2). In other words Emerson encourages one to act upon his or her malevolent nature, rather to conform to society's standards of what is "moral" or "right". Emerson admires children for their "rebel mind" (2), "their mind being whole" (2), and "their eye is as yet unconquered" (2) by biased views. Children, he says, "Cumbers himself never about consequences," (2). If everyone follows Emerson's advice, and it is up to everyone to do as he or...

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