English 3.03

Topics: Government, United States, Sovereign state Pages: 3 (856 words) Published: May 21, 2013
1. According to the first sentence what does every person realize at some moment in his/her education? 

To paraphrase, every man realizes that he must simply be himself, and to envy, or imitate, or try to be anyone else is absurd. 2. What is the opposite of "self-reliance," according to Emerson? 

The opposite of self-reliance is conformity.
3. What does Emerson see as the most sacred aspect of a person? 

He sees the integrity of our own mind as the most sacred aspect of a person. 4. What does Emerson think of people who call for consistency in thought and action and who fear being misunderstood? 

He believes being foolish is ridiculous and for little minds, and that you should speak your mind uninhibited, and that being misunderstood is not necessarily a bad thing. Many of history’s great minds were misunderstood.

5. Emerson makes many of his points through a series of figures of speech - comparisons between two things that are basically unlike. In "Self-Reliance" what does he compare with the ordinary things and events listed below. Be sure to respond in complete sentence format. Example: He compares cannon balls to words: "Else if you would be a man, speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today." A. planting corn- Planting corn is compared to basically reaping what you sow. No reward can come unless one puts in hard work, pain, and suffering in life, just like the work that goes into planting and harvesting corn. B. an iron string- An iron string is compared to trust in oneself. 
 C. clay- Clay is compared to aspiring men who must let themselves be molded by the “Almighty effort”.

"That government is best which governs not at all;". Thoreau’s essay, inspired by a night in jail, was a bit biased against the government. Thoreau’s theory of how he...
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