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    What does he mean when he says we are not "minors and invalids in a protected corner, but guides, redeemers, and benefactors, obeying the Almighty effort and advancing of Chaos and the dark"?

    Where have we seen this idea reflected in the stories of The great Gatsby, Sula, Shawshank redemption?

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    Emerson is here repudiating a theme propounded in some of his earlier essays, childlike security in the dominion of Good. Biographically, it may be a response to the fact that experience contradicted the faith he had professed, that the world did not turn out to be benign and obliging. To reconcile his worldview to the presence of hardship, he comes to regard it as another of our teachers. This seems to be the point of a verse the essay opens with,

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    The solution analyzes Emersons "Self Reliance" essay.