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Transcript of "Self Reliance"
in Boston in 1841. This book
is about being intuitive, and
going with what you believe. Emerson wanted to remind us (before it was too late) to never go along with the crowd. The intended audience for this
text was the society of the world. Important words:
-surrender for liberty
-conformity What Emerson is trying to tell us in
-voices are getting weaker
-everyone agrees with each other for
fear of sticking out
-therefore, we conform to what
others believe He repeats this word to get the point
across that the intended audience
is the society. Repeated words?
-society "Grow faint and inaudible as we enter the world''
-individuals are conforming to society
"Society is a joint-stock company''
-society is agreeing with each other in fear of
being looked down upon Figurative Language? These are the voices which we hear
in solitude, but they grow faint and
inaudible as we enter into the world.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy
against the manhood of everyone of
its members. Society is a joint-stock
company, in which the members agree,
for the better securing of his bread to
each shareholder, to surrender the liberty
and culture of the eater. The virtue in
most request is conformity. Self-
reliance is its aversion. It loves not
realities and creators, but names and customs.