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Ralph Emerson Self Reliance

Can you help me write an introduction and a thesis to Ralph Emerson Self Reliance? Please help with the understanding of the imagery and tone used to write the essay.

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I don't know how to write with such brevity. Plus, you paid for more than a handful of lines.
The essay cannot be summarized or dealt with in a few words.

"Self-Reliance" is brief, but extremely complex. Written in 1841, it appears in the beginning of what used to be called "mass society." This is a society dominated by democracy, rights and money. All three of these things are granted or earned without regard to merit. Or in the case of money, the opposite of merit: deviousness and greed. In response to this, he writes this essay. It is a fight against petty motives. Such motives destroy freedom since you become a slave to your drives, your will, your greed. Schopenhauer and Nietzsche were also 19th century writers saying more or less the same thing a bit later.

So, in terms of the images, attitudes and tones, we can say a few things. Superficially, it says "do your own thing." But this is not what it ...

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The thesis to Ralph Emerson Self Reliance. The imagery and tone used to write the essay are provided.