1. Describe Emerson’s idea of self-reliance in your own words. To what extent do you agree or disagree with his philosophy? Would you consider yourself to be self-reliant and to what degree?
a. Emerson’s idea about self-reliance is doing what makes you happy and not worrying about what people will think of you; alsfheo doing things individually. In the passage, he says that every person has the potential for accomplishing amazing things without the negative effect of society; this is accomplished through the power of self-belief. Emerson also talked about how people should not follow the rules (not in a rebellious display) in order to express individualism. Regarding these beliefs, I side with Emerson because I believe that people should be themselves and not allow society to tell them how to act. On the other hand, it is a great idea to work together with individuals to achieve your goals. Because I am an individual, I try to be self-reliant as possible but I seek wisdom from an experienced person when confused on a decision.
2. Give examples of 5 different rhetorical techniques and analyze how Emerson uses them to convey his message of self-reliance.
a. Emerson uses the syntax strategy for a number of reasons; the main focus to is to capture the reader’s attention like in the following excerpt :at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of