Friday, December 2, 2011


This piece of writing, can be summarized as being about how nothing is considered to be more sacred, than one's own mind. Emerson also noted, that if people would absolve themselves, then they would be able to conquer the whole world.
Emerson also noted, that no law could be sacred to one, but to their own nature. Emerson felt that, an man should carry himself to all oppositions. Emerson was an believer that the virtues are the exception, rather than the rule. He believed also that there is only the man and his virtues. Emerson believed it was better to be an poor, hard-worker, than that which is glittery and full of speculate.
One connection, that I had to this writing, is that it made me think of Thoreau. This had been due to the fact, that both writers served an huge importance during the Romantic Era. They both seemed to question mankind, and the importance of mankind being good in accordance to society.
One question that I had about the reading, is "I wonder, what was the first part of the essay written by Emerson"?. The "Self-Relaince" essay is considered to be the second part. So, I wonder what was the first portion.  Lastly, one connection that this piece of writing could have to other readings that was covered in this course, is that it seems to go along with "Civil Disobedience" written by Thoreau. If one wants to study works by famous American Romantic writers, they should pursue the studies of Thoreau and Emerson. These two men, provided the world with writings that could apply to any time period.
Lastly, I feel as though Emerson was an great Romantic writer. He was an intelligent thinker, whose works could be looked back on in the future.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to make, several closing comments concerning Emerson. One comment, is that Emerson appears to ask the question, "who decides what is an sin"?. Also, Emerson seems to mention in his essay, that not all men are accountable for others. Emerson was an firm believer, that one should speak up, concerning their own thoughts. He had written this essay back in 1841. Emerson noted that mankind are apologetic for their actions, and should stand up for individualism. He believed that, one should believe in their own thoughts. That is to not let others, to persuade them to think differently.