Compare and Contrast “Self Reliance” and “Nature”
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American writer in the 1830s that introduced the idea of Romanticism to writers of his time. He had many successful works that made him relate to his audience. He wrote with passion in what he believed in and had very strong beliefs in certain things. Two of his most famous essays were called “Nature” and “Self Reliance”. These writings also had his beliefs and views of life all throughout them and made the themes very prevalent to what he was thinking. He wanted his readers to think the way he did. Both of these essays have both similarities and differences. Throughout these two essays, Emerson uses persuasive and figurative speech to portray a certain image.
In the essay “Nature”, Emerson talks about the true beauty and understanding of nature. He strongly believes in the beauty and love for nature and he believes that all people who see that somewhat have a part of nature in them. “To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.” (180). This shows that only certain people can see the true beauty of nature when they try and want to. He throuly tries to get this point across throughout the essay. He also believes that your current mood, whether it be gloomy or bright, is reflected on natures current weather patterns. Throughout the whole essay, he also shows his strong belief in individualism. “But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.” (180). This statement is an example of how being so close with nature can be a way to take part in individualism. Throughout this whole essay, Emerson shows in many ways his strong beliefs in nature itself and also in other beliefs.
In his next essay titled Self-Relince
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