According to the first sentence what every person realizes at some moment in his/her education is that envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide,and that he must take himself for better or for worse.
2. What is the opposite of "self-reliance," according to Emerson?
The opposite of "self-reliance," according to Emerson is conformity.
3. What does Emerson see as the most sacred aspect of a person?
What Emerson sees as the most sacred aspect of a person is the integrity of our own mind, our own way of thinking, and being able to be yourself and not who others are or want.
4. What does Emerson think of people who call for consistency in thought and action and who fear being misunderstood?
What Emerson thinks of people who call for concistency in thought and action and who fear being misunderstood is that they're the hobgoblin of little minds, and that to be great is to be misunderstood.
5. Emerson makes many of his points through a series of figures of speech - comparisons between two things that are basically unlike. In "Self-Reliance" what does he compare with the ordinary things and events listed below. Be sure to respond in complete sentence format.
Example: He compares cannon balls to words: "Else if you would be a man, speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today."
A. planting corn
He compares planting corn to the universe and its people : "that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till."
B. an iron string
He compares iron string to .......... : "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string."
He compares clay to .......... : "and... [continues]
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