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Discuss in your own words how Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" supports the idea of democracy?? Pay close attention to word choice, tone, logic and what is stated. Use quotes to support democracy.

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Although this topic is vast, please allow my ideas to help you:

First, please note how Emerson's essay supports the idea of democracy. Because it deals with how self-reliance in society empowers people as a whole and also individually, it resonates with power to the people themes. Emerson promotes self-reliance as an ideal as he urges readers to actively engage in the world around them. He wants them to be like explorers as they make reason from the world. By encouraging citizens to resist pressure to conform, his quote, "Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist," is powerful. His formal sentence structure and tone contribute to this power.
You might even reference this quote, "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature . . . the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it." He asserts that people must not cave in to society's demands. He heralds freedom, so it seems that he promotes democratic ...

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