Presentation on theme: "Self-Reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841. Wri(gh)te Now: Select one of the following passages; for each, continue writing as if the original statement."— Presentation transcript:
Self-Reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841
Wri(gh)te Now: Select one of the following passages; for each, continue writing as if the original statement is your own. Write down whatever thoughts and statements would follow this “topic sentence.” Don’t refer back to the original essay. “We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.” “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” “Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company…” “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” “We first share the life by which things exist, and afterwards see them as appearances in nature, and forget that we have shared their cause.”
Well…how about it?? How self-reliant are you? What has helped or hindered your self-reliance?
Yeah, but… Is the kind of life Emerson describes possible? Why or why not?