Self Reliance On Literary Piece

How did the life of the author affect the mood and theme of the literary piece?

Emerson met a friend who also a great believer of individualism and encourage him to formulate and express his own philosophy through writing. He is also God-centered wherein he tried to preach, however he stopped since his first wife died for tuberculosis. He then became the chief spokesman of a certain American philosophic and literary movement which helps him to write essays that which focuses about trusting one’s self. The life of the author affects his literary piece “Self-Reliance” in which he believes that attaining happiness is through trusting one’s self capacity and awareness. His life experiences give him reasons to formulate his own philosophy which he mostly included in his works, a man who trust his intuition to attain self-containment or satisfaction in life. Emerson made this essay with an in-depth statement and trust thyself theme.

2. What does the line “Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles” mean?

The line “Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles” mean that if we put to life and applied our own philosophies which we think essential in achieving something that could give us what we need the most is considered as success and could provide us long-life amity. Individuals has virtues that they need to follow but influence by their surrounding since standards is always there stopping us from doing what we desire. And if we succeed in choosing the best for us and that is through trusting our own self and insight, we truly did the right thing. We can attain peace if did what truly concerns us not what the society think for us. Peace could easily achieve when we acquire what our hearts speak.

3. What does the essay teach the reader about imitating others? Support your answer with a line from the essay.

According to Emerson, imitation is suicide and it was supported with a text from the essay “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion.” Each one of us possess gift of being genuine and all we have to do is to nurture it. However, we tend to imitate others that we seem pleasing to our eyes or maybe it is needed. We imitate without thinking whether it will turn out good or not. For me imitating is suicide especially if we’re in a situation that we need to take an action or decisions in life but affected by how society will react to it. We cannot attain true happiness without changing our mindset, if we are keep on imitating the society’s standards and expectations in us and neglect our own intuition in achieving self-satisfaction. To be in a situation that we really don’t like and leave us no choice is like recklessness.

4. What does the essay teach the reader about relationships? Support your answer with a line from the essay.

The essay teaches us about relationship that we should be honest and truthful in making relationships with others. If we are trying to communicate with someone, we should have made our selves more open and tell them your true intentions. Relationships without honesty is like you are pretending to be nice but think malicious motives against him/her. You’re hiding something and your relationship is not stable if it will be expose. This essay gives us lesson that we have to create a friendship with someone who we know and we can assure that this person is always at your good side not just because she has something to get from you, instead she wants a true relationship as a friend or what from you. It is supported with a line from the text, “There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour”. Aside from that, this essay instructs us that our soul should have pure relationship with the divine spirit to live our life purposely.

5. What does the essay teach the reader about existence? Support your answer with a line from the essay.

Existence was described in the essay wherein all persons existed before were now forgotten in this generation except for those who did something unforgettable in the society. That’s why people of today are afraid and fear death to take them away. We hope that someone even our family will remember our existence here in this world.  Existence of someone is forgotten as he or she died and memories were also gone. It was supported with a line from the essay, “All persons that ever existed are its forgotten ministers. Fear and hope are alike beneath it.”

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