Individualistic Style In Emerson's Self-Reliance, By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is not a crime to want to be like other people, to fit in with the popular kids, to be accepted into society with all its glory, or is it? One of America’s most influential writer and thinker, Ralph Waldo Emerson – in his essay, Self-Reliance - has a unique opinion on the idea of one’s desire to model another’s respectable actions. He believes that all people should look into themselves and follow their own heart instead of trying to be like everyone else. Emerson’s well thought out figurative language, innovative rhetorical strategies, and remarkable style helps him show the people his individualistic approach. To help persuade the audience in becoming a rare individual, Emerson creates a memorable metaphor that has a great effect on the ones who are hesitant to leave their ways of mimicking others. He prompts them to “trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string” (3). The persuasion lies in the fact that God is in everyone and if they have faith in Him and in themselves, they can do great things. By emphasizing the importance of believing in one’s own capabilities...
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