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Emerson emphasizes on the need of knowing oneself and capabilities. It has been observed that a man who considers himself genius is often left-out or abandoned by the world. His norms or his customs become strange to the people. Emerson continues with the thought that society is the main influencing factor on the lives of such people who eventually comprise on their values, beliefs and customs to make the world and the society happy. A person should be allowed to live his life which he believes is good for him; anyone who creates a pattern in his life can be considered as defying his nature or his sphere of life. The lines explores that a person should not follow the pattern which is drawn for him by other people. He needs to think challenging steps to explore the beauty of life. Foolish people can only follow the norms and customs without knowing whether they are beneficial for him or not but wise men don’t do that. Wise men follow the logic and rationale behind everything.
People pray without knowing the true essence and meaning of the prayers. A prayer is a form of faith that a person has on God. Emerson in his essay has stressed on the need of praying honestly and with all faith. In his essay, “self-reliance”, he has clearly stated that people pray to get their worldly desires to be fulfilled in a mean and selfish way. Prayers should be free of meanness; they should be pure and genuine. According to Emerson, our prayers are more focused on the fulfillment of our personal means at the cost of others. He states in his essay that our prayers can be exemplified “as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft." Only by being self-reliance and determined we can pray with all our honesty. According to him our prayers should not be focused on attaining our personal goals; they should have a wider sphere of benefits for us and for the humanity. A self reliant soul would ask beyond his means from God. As a
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Such a definition could only be attributed to a leader who is self-reliant. Although, self-reliance sounds pretty simple, the process of enacting it requires a humongous amount of dedication and an incredible attitude (Yeoman, 1999). There are several things that one needs to know about himself to uphold the responsibilities and prove as an effective leader.
As a matter of fact, it is not just those 2 literary works but a couple more works by the said two authors. However, there are also distinctions found in their works especially after the publication of Melville’s Moby-Dick. As McLoughlin quoted Charles Feidelson’s opinion towards the difference of the two authors: Emerson was the theorist and advocate, Melville the practicing poet.
On the other hand, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote Self Reliance to define his theories of self reliance within human nature and to illustrate how people need to rely on their inner thoughts to live as free and profitable human beings. A close look will be taken into the works of both Melville and Emerson to define how the characters within Billy Budd are personified by the writings of Emerson.
In the vessel Rights of Man, Billy is a moderator among his vessel affiliates. He is a leader, not through control, but by modelling. All the affiliates of the ship admire him and love him. Moreover, Billy possesses strength and splendour which might be symbolizing America at the epoch of the recording the narration.
As a function of this highly religious and stratified society, there existed a litany of different competing, but all arguably highly fundamentalist, interpretations of god and his relationship to humanity. Although it cannot be said that “Self-Reliance” was published in any way as a diatribe against god or against religion, key nuances of Emerson’s belief system strike at the very core of what was intrinsically wrong with American society of that time.
This paper seeks to analyze three literary works, such as Walden or Life in the Woods, Self-Reliance, and the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, authored by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Frederick Douglass, respectively in the nineteenth century.
He talks about how people blindly go along with what they say without any thought (Emerson).
In order for one to be a true man, Emerson feels that he must face all opposition in order to preserve his true self. One must not allow the opposition to weigh him down to the point of caving in and following the rest of the crowd blindly without questioning why he is to do such things.
The above shown statements are the famous lines from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance". These lines are also the starting point of Emerson's revelation of his thoughts about self-reliance. His initial goal for sharing these lines is just to express what he's thinking.
The author used self- reliance to engage with readers in a creative manner. Self reliance was also used with an aim of improving the contemporary culture. Self-reliance is seen in instances where Thoreau refuses to be in companionship with others. Although, he recognizes the significance of companionship.