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The Soul Unto Itself

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Maureen Smith

on 16 January 2014

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Transcript of The Soul Unto Itself

The Soul Unto Itself
Use of Emotion
Dickinson uses words such as friend, agonizing, awe, to describe the souls emotional relationship with itself.
This shows her observation of the multiple emotions the soul has with itself, supporting the paradoxical relationship.
So, how do you interpret "The Soul Unto Itself" & the idea of Soul?
The Soul Unto Itself
Is an imperial friend,-
Or the most agonizing spy,
An enemy could send.

Secure against its own.
No treason it can fear;
Itself its sovereign, of itself
The soul should not stand in awe.
Analysis I
"The Soul Unto Itself" explores the relationship between the soul & itself.
What is Soul? Soul is defined as the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or an animal.
"Soul" can also have multiple dimensions and meanings. Relating to consciousness or essence of a being.
Analysis II
Two themes are found in the poem. The Soul being secure, and the soul being an enemy of itself.
Emily Dickinson
Example: "Is an imperial friend" versus "Or most agonizing spy"
This can be interpreted as being your own enemy, or having the ability to hear your own thoughts.
Dickinson explores the paradox of having control over ones soul, while potentially disagreeing with it.
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."- Helen Keller
"No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness"- Aristotle
"It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh"
- Mahatma Gandhi
"Thinking; the talking of the soul with itself"
- Plato
"The soul becomes dyed with the colors of it's thoughts"- Marcus Aurelius
"I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul"- William Ernest Henley

Contemplations of The Soul
These Ideals Have been Contemplated by Humans Through Out Time
Does the Soul exist?
What is the Soul?
What is the Soul's purpose?
Can it be proven that we have Souls?
Scientists are beginning to explore the concept of the soul existing. The idea that all real world objects only exist when observed supports the idea that the soul must exist.
To better understand this idea think of the common question "If a tree falls in a forest, but no one is around to hear it, does it still make a noise?"
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