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This story is told from a third-person point of view. The story also uses a lot of metaphors. Metaphors are common figures of speech that you probably use every day. They are imaginative compressions of unlike things that are not meant to be taken literally but increase our understanding of what is being described. Examples used in the story are “Trust yourself. Every heart vibrates to that iron string” and “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” The story was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, born in Boston in 1803 to a family that was cultured poor. When he was eight, his father died of tuberculosis and he was taken in by his aunt. In 1829, he accepted a post at Boston’s Second Choice. In later years, Emerson suffered from a severe memory loss and had difficulty recalling most ordinary words. He died six months from autumn in 1881.
In this story, hte point of view is third person. The main literary element in this story is metaphors. Some examples are “imitation is suicide” and “trust yourself. Every heart vibrates to the iron string.” Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston in 1803 to a family who was cultured but poor. His father died when he was eight. His mother opened a boarding house. His life was planed his aunt wanted him to graduate from Harvard and become a minister like the last Emerson’s. His life was a maze to find his own identity.
Emerson was a poetic genius and one sign of his poetic nature is how he used figures of speech in his philosophical arguments. He compares abstract ideas to events or ordinary things, like: “Society is a joint-stock company.” Ralph compares society to a business where owners or shareholders are held personally liable. This figure of speech that is found in this story are similes, metaphors, personification, and symbols. Emerson wrote, Self-Reliance, because he nourished the individualistic creed of America’s personal liberty. Self-Reliance is a good story about life and it shows Emerson’s poetic nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1830 to a poor family. His dad died when he was about 8. His mom opened a boardinghouse with six kids. He was a speaker and writter before the Civil War. The point of view is in 3rd person. A metaphor is the literary elements.
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