EAL Semester Final
“Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a poet and philosopher from Boston Massachusetts, who always brought forth new ideas and refining and redefining his view of the world. “Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.” Emerson claims that society doesn’t always agree with your beliefs, but in order to be a man, you must think for yourself and not fall into the peer pressure of your surroundings.” This work impacted future writers by the expansion of new topics and opportunities to use in their writings. His philosophies encouraged writers to write about whatever they wanted. (Religion)
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan Edwards was one of the most powerful and persuasive puritan preachers of New England, who was known for his sermons used for symbolizing the torments of hell given to sinners. “Were it not for the sovereign pleasure of God, the earth would not bear you one moment…. The world would spew you out, were it not for the sovereign hand of him who hath subjected it in hope.” Edwards is stating that the reason everyone is alive on this earth is because of God’s enjoyment. Jonathan Edwards gave religious leaders a weapon of fear against believers who would not follow “God’s instructions”. His exaggerations used during his sermons have caused distrust and disbelief of the puritan religion by rebellious citizens who sought to separate from the religion. (Equality)
“Letters Between John and Abigail Adams”. Abigail Adams was the first lady to the second president of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin. The married couple sent letters back and forth to each other going head to head on the issue of equal rights for women. “I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.” Abigail wants equality between men...