Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Honors Juniors: Emerson's Self-Reliance
2. In what ways is Emerson speaking religiously -- that is, about our relationship to the divine?
3. Which of the core persuasive techniques- ethos, pathos, logos- does Emerson use most effectively? Defend your selection with at least 2 direct excerpts (avoid the quotes below).
4. Choose two of the following quotes to analyze in relation to two of our texts from this year (The Color Purple, Death of a Salesman, The Grapes of Wrath). Be specific.
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.
It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution in all the offices and relations of men; in their religion; in their education; in their pursuits; their modes of living; their association; in their property; in their speculative views.
Insist on yourself; never imitate.
Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other.
Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not.
And so the reliance on Property, including the reliance on governments which protect it, is the want of self-reliance.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.