Please join StudyMode to read the full document. After reading both " Self Reliance ," by Ralph Waldo Emerson and "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave," by Frederick Douglass, one might notice a trend in what both writers regard as the key to happiness or self -fulfillment. Emerson and Douglass both imply that acquiring knowledge is what people should strive for throughout their lives. However, their perceptions on the kind of knowledge should be attained is where their ideas diverge; Emerson is the one that encourages one to develop the soul whereas with Douglass, it is the mind. One of the primary issues that Emerson tried to convey was that one must follow what they believe is true for themselves and not listen to what other people think. He states, "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps perfect sweetness the independence of solitude Emerson
Early in his life, Emerson followed in the footsteps of his father and became minister, but this ended in when he felt he could no longer serve as a minister in good conscience. He experienced doubts about the Christian church and its doctrine. These reservations were temporarily alleviated by his brief association with Unitarianism, but soon Emerson became discontent with even their decidedly. Therefore in order to have a well-formed society, citizens should focus inward and. For forty years I have known something about him, of course—that he was a mystical philosopher; the apostle of transcendentalism in America…. From within the text of the author of this quote, it can be seen the shear praise and gratitude held for a man by the name of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson as mentioned in the quote, is considered to.
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Concerned initially with the stars and the world around us, the grandeur of nature, Emerson then turns his attention onto how we perceive objects. Emerson sees nature as an inspiration for people to grasp a deeper understanding of the spiritual world. Emerson begins his essay by observing the omnipresence of nature, which garners respect from the observer.