The Development of Thinkers in Emerson’s The American Scholar
Emerson uses the text of his essay to trigger a response in the American writers, intellectuals and scholars. He begins with criticism of the fragmentation of society in terms of occupations and mercantile classes. He considers it a roadblock to true progress of society. He encourages them to celebrate their inner truths and put it on paper. He asks them to throw of the yoke of European intellectuals and begin an era of American creation. They need to be original and independent in their thoughts, understanding and production of literature and knowledge. Self-reliance is the guiding principle of nature and every man needs to become self reliant in order to unlock his true potential.
Understanding one’s own nature and mental process holds the key to developing original writers. This is linked to the inextricably relationship between one’s mind and soul. Therefore, when people read other classics, books or thesis, they should critically evaluate it rather than trying to worship it by copying it. They need to spurn the prison of the past. Our soul and spirit are manifestations of our link with the divine. Books can help when one is unable to connect with the spirit within. This is books have a tendency to arrest self-realization and immortalize concepts as permanent markers of reality. They also tend to differentiate between the aesthetic and the rejected, which can be troublesome for the creative process of an independent individual. However, they have a purpose as far as invoking and vitalizing response, inspiring minds and empowering thinkers.
Apart from nature and books, we are influenced by the experience. Until one can act and experience heroic sacrifices and emotions, he cannot write a treatise on heroism or tenacity. Actions are important to provide the credibility to the words. Emerson asserts the importance of responsibilities and duties that a scholar must adhere to. Every great mind must have a purpose grater that his own pursuit of excellence. He encourages every scholar to trust their own abilities and instincts in order to become a beacon of understanding and assurance for others. Only when simple minds can see greatness and unity with the universal within themselves, we can grow as a whole. We can transform and progress as civilization and society only when great individuals can assert and use their originality and unfiltered instincts for greater good. Such autonomy of the individual is crucial for collective growth.
In “The Cask of Amontillado,” the story is told in first person point-of view. This makes the context sound more personal. The narrator is the character, Montresor. He expresses his […]
It is widely acknowledged that some of the basic purposes of education include perpetuating the culture of the individual as well as ensuring that the person develops to their full […]
Eudora Welty who is an enormously creative, has wrote a lot of story with numerous genre. Majored in English Literature at college and has passion in reading since child were […]
“Fire and Ice” written in 1923 by Robert Lee Frost is one of many interesting poems that he wrote in his life, because it gives the reader a lot to […]
Prodigal summer by Barbara Kingsolver, uses the wilderness to reflect the spirit of humans and celebrates the wilderness spirit itself. Each chapter deals with different characters lives set in the […]
Through the writing of Fitzgerald, in his short stories, we see a consistent theme of the character developing through disappointment which always directly relates to the character’s past life. Fitzgerald’s, […]
Kate Chopin had a very sophisticated and mature view of race, gender, love, and marriage that defies an easy explanation. Those topics often overlap and accompany one another. Write an […]
“Thanatopsis” is a poem written by William Cullen Bryant that speaks of the love of nature, which comforts us in life and in death. We come from dust; we dance […]
The author is informing the audience that the virus is continuously taking over his body little by little. He was to the point where he couldn’t drive, and his co-workers […]
Emerson uses the text of his essay to trigger a response in the American writers, intellectuals and scholars. He begins with criticism of the fragmentation of society in terms of […]