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Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Pursuit of Happiness
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A 6 page essay on the writings and influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The writer reviews some of Emerson's writings, writing style and devices, expresses various interpretations on Emerson's writings, and discusses their effect on the reader in transcendental and realistic terms. The writer agrees with those who posit that Emerson was correct in his predictions about the American soul. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Self Reliance' & 'The American Scholar'
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A 5 page overview of the beliefs of Ralph Waldo Emerson in regard to the authorities of the past. The writer uses 'American Scholar' and 'Self Reliance' for examples of Emerson' belief that individuals should throw off the burdens of the past in favor of focusing on the future. No additional sources cited.
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The Genius of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson
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This 5 page report discusses the concept of genius as part of the thinking and writing of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Examining and comparing Thoreau’s “Walden” and Emerson’s “Self Reliance,” this report examines both works in the context of their application to the ideal of “genius” and the ways in which both writers conveyed their concepts. No secondary sources.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson / 'Inventors Read Well'
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A 4 page essay on the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: 'One must be an inventor to read well.' The paper discusses Emerson's philosophies around this quote, a call to read beyond words to find their intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical meaning. The writer argues that the purpose of all words to an inventor is that they foment in the mind until an idea is created, and once created, the idea is put into action.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essay, 'Experience' (1841) / Analysis of a Paragraph
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A 5 page paper which provides a sentence-by-sentence analysis of a specific paragraph from Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Experience,' which was included in his second collection of essays, published in 1841. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Ralph Emerson and Frederick Douglas on the Success or Failure of Social Rebels
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This 8 page paper considers the way in which both Ralph Emerson, in his work Self Reliance, and Frederick Douglass, in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and considers the way in which both individuals present a self-examination of their character traits that specifically cause social rebels to succeed or fail. No additional sources cited.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson vs. Henry David Thoreau / Self-Reliance
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A 6 page paper that presents the concept of self-reliance as supported by both Emerson and Thoreau. Both of these writers present arguments for self-reliance as a means of separation from governmental constraints. While Thoreau gives a very consistent consideration of the need for separation from government, Emerson tempers his presentation of self-reliance with acknowledgement of the difficulties relevant to separation. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Searching for Identity Through Ralph Waldo Emerson:
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This five-page-paper discusses the search for identity by the narrator in the classic tale 'Invisible Man' by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Bibliography lists one source.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'On Walden Pond'
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This 5 page explication of Ralph Waldo Emerson's On Walden Pond, gives a thorough analysis, pointing out the many similes and metaphors. The use of symbolism is discussed as well as the meaning of the work. No sources, other than the poem itself, are used.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Self-Reliance'
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A 5 page paper on this famous essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The paper provides a careful and thorough explication of the main points of the essay, concluding that like plants and animals, man carries within him the seeds of his own essence and his own divinity, and this essence must be expressed. Bibliography lists one source.
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Mary Moody Emerson
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A 5 page research paper that explores the writing and the influence that Mary Moody Emerson had on her famous nephew—Ralph Waldo Emerson. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Chopin’s “The Awakening” and the Influence of Emerson
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A 6 page paper looking at Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel in terms of its inheritance from Ralph Waldo Emerson. The paper points out that Emerson felt one’s ultimate authority is oneself, and Chopin’s protagonist Edna Pontellier relied heavily on self-direction in developing her life. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson / Romanticism
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An 8 page paper analyzing the influences on the poet who has been called 'the first of American Romantics'. It concludes that Emerson was less an original thinker than at a crossroads where a large number of disparate philosophies came together and found common ground. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Self-Reliance' and American Romanticism
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A 3 page analysis of Emerson's essay that argues that 'Self-Reliance' is a quintessential example of American Romanticism in that glories the commonplace, draws inspiration from nature, and offers new perspectives and insights that are drawn from the developing American culture. Quotations from the source. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson; Life and Works
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This 8 page paper looks first at the life and education of Emerson, and then goes on to consider his works and teachings. Proponent of the ' Transcendentalists' he became an essayist, poet and lecturer who beliefs can be seen as relevant in today's world as much as the changing world he lived in. In order for the student to place the work in historical context there is also a short synopsis of some of the most influential historical events of the time. The bibliography cites 5 sources.
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Twain's 'Huck Finn' and Emerson's 'Self-Reliance'
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A five page paper showing how Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay aids the reader in understanding the motivation of Huck in Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.' The paper argues that the social rules cannot keep Huck from answering the call of his conscience and his heart. No additional sources.
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Emerson's Influence on Whitman
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This 5 page paper takes the essay called "The Poet" by Ralph Waldo Emerson and evaluates it in respect to Walt Whitman's work. A connection is made between the two poets in respect to how they view the work of the writer. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Tocqueville, Emerson and Bellah On Individualism
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5 pages in length. Americans have long admired the spirit of individualism, which the resources of this nation have supported. There was a seemingly inexhaustible supply of land and wilderness to support a lifestyle apart from the conformity of established communities. But at the end of the twentieth century land is not endless and a relationship with society is inescapable. Balancing individual rights against the concerns and needs of the community is illustrated in such controversies as random road blocks to test for drunk drivers, limitations in speech when it comes to pornography, curfews for teenagers, and rationing of health care. Although this issue has immediacy, the tension between the individual and the community has long been recognized. Alexis de Tocqueville analyzed the pitfalls of individualism when he wrote "Democracy in America," while Ralph Waldo Emerson, in "Self-Reliance," praised the diversity, nonconformity, and individualism of Americans. Robert Bellah addressed religious individualism in his book entitled "Habits of the Heart." Is there such a thing as too much individualism? Does a community have rights? Do the rights of the individual outweigh those of the community? Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Emerson / Plato Tutorial
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A 5 page paper in which the writer examines the definition of the individual as seen through the works of Plato in The Republic, and Ralph Waldo Emerson in “Self-Reliance.” The metaphor of music is examined as a connecting theme. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Emerson's "Self-Reliance" in relation to his era
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A 6 page research paper that explores how Ralph Waldo Emerson reflected his life and life in his famous essay, "Self-Reliance." Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Democracy in Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance," Henry David Thoreau's "Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience)" and "Life Without Principle"
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A 5 page paper which compares how the views of democratic government are represented in each essay. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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5 pages in length. Discusses his life, his works, and analyzes a website devoted to him. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Influence of Hinduism on Emerson’s and Whitman’s Transcendentalism
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This 6 page report discusses the fact that American writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman could have any connection with the mysticism of Hindu thought and belief. The art form and consciousness of Transcendentalism as expressed by the two actually does echo the sensibilities of Hindu belief, despite the fact that it is not expressed as true Hindu belief. As always, the Americans give it their own unique interpretation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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"Circles" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A 5 page paper which discusses Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Circles" as it involves its historical and socio-political context. The paper discusses Emerson's use of imagery, tone, form, and symbolism as it involves these contexts. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
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Joseph Wambabugh: "Truth" or Fiction?
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(6 pp) Ralph Waldo Emerson asked, "What is life but the angle of vision? A man is measured by the angle at which he looks at objects. What is life but what a man is thinking of all day? This is his fate and his employer. Knowing is the measure of the man. By how much we know, so we are." This statement over a century ago, seems particularly poignant considering police scandals across the country. Is loss of humanity and self, one of the by-products of a police career? Police author Joseph Wambaugh portrays his characters with the resulting human frailties of their work. We will examine his "fiction" to attempt to see how stress affects this vital section of our workforce. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Enlightened Theology - Merging the Science of Reason With the Spirit of Religion
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A 5 page paper that examines the integration of the sciences of philosophical thinking and theological belief beginning with the Age of Enlightenment in the eighteenth century. The progression of this integration is traced across the nineteenth century and through the 1960s racial tensions of the twentieth century. Included are the philosophies of Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Pursuit of Knowledge / Still Unstoppable
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A 5 page argument supporting Ralph Waldo Emerson’s statement that the human mind cannot be stopped. Using Descartes as an example, the writer argues that while not all knowledge appears to be “good” in terms of its benefit to society, it has its own worth and should not be stopped—even if it could be. Other philosophers discussed include Socrates and Hume. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Losing Contact to Find Serenity - The Transcendentalist Ideas of Henry David Thoreau
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A 10 page paper that supports the transcendentalist idea presented by Henry David Thoreau that one must first lose contact with the materialistic world in order to find inner peace and serenity. Discussed are the views presented in Economy and Where I Lived and What I Lived For from Thoreau's Walden as well as a comparison between these works and Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Old Manse. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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"Wallace Stevens' 'Americana' and the American Renaissance"
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A five page paper showing how this poem, written in 1950, reflects back on authors of the American Renaissance such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. The paper explores Stevens' belief that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Americans grew to justify materialism and conformity on the mistaken belief that it's the American way, when in fact the writers of the American Renaissance held quite a different philosophy. No additional sources.
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The Great Wilderness Debate: A Discussion of Our Concepts of Wilderness and Nature
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A 14 page discussion of the concepts of wilderness and nature as defined by writers and naturalist like Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aldo Leopold and John Muir and contrasted to contemporary land management practices. Discusses how the concept of wilderness can vary through time, context, and culture. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Emerson/Self-Reliance
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A 5 page examination of Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous essay "Self-Reliance." The writer discusses how Emerson urged his American readership to have faith in themselves and also in what was still a very new nation, the United States of America. The writer argues that his essay shows that, in so doing, Emerson summarized characteristics of extreme individualism that today is simply thought of as being "American." No additional sources cited.
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Why High School Students Should Read Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A 6 page paper which discusses why high school students should read Ralph Waldo Emerson. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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A Comparison of Two Poems
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This 6 page paper compares two poems-Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Monadnoc" and John Greenleaf Whittier's "Among the Hills"—and talks about them in terms of theme and style. The essential meanings of the works are discussed. No additional sources cited.
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Emerson on Tocqueville
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A 5 page paper which discusses how Ralph Waldo Emerson may have reacted to Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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A Paraphrase of Emerson's "Self-Reliance"
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A 5 page essay that paraphrases, or restates, the principal points of Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous essay "Self-Reliance." No additional sources cited.
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Emerson's Call to Action in The American Scholar is Answered by Whitman in Song of Myself
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In 6 pages, the author discusses Emerson's speech on 'The American Scholar' and shows how Walt Whitman answered this call using Whitman's 'Song of Myself.' Emerson's call was for intellectual, cultural, and spiritual independence, which are important to transcendentalism. No other sources are cited.
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Emerson's and Hawthorne's Rebellion
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A 5 page paper discussing two statements: In comparing Hawthorne's statement of 'what we did had a consecration of its own—we felt it so' and Emerson's 'society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of everyone of its members,' there is guilt present, either in barely perceptible tones or in crashing waves that color all of the aspects of life it does not obliterate. The comparison of the two original statements does have Romantic rebellion at their centers. The difference between them is that Hester Prynne, the fictional character, was the only one prepared to live her rebellion. Hester was more a 'man' than was either Emerson or Hawthorne. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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