The American Scholar By Ralph Emerson

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Imagine, someone waking up this morning conducting the normal routine; shower, drink coffee, and watch the news. What will they see when they turn the television on? Protest, hate crimes, and stock markets dropping. Okay, so now imagine a new world. In this world the same person conducts the exact same routine only this time when they turn on the television they see a cure for cancer has been found, 30,000 homeless people have been given a shelter, and the war is officially over. Which scenario would the average person choose? The second one. If only there was a way! But wait, there is! “The American Scholar” by Ralph Emerson is an essay that describes the process and necessary traits of one man who could make a difference in the world. This man must become one with nature, find a balance in literature and past, undergo labor and hardship and complete the appropriate duties as outlined in the essay. Sounds easy, right? Think again! The theory of an American scholar could be very beneficial, the concept, however, it is based off a very fine line that has been set by a single man. Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones from “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow” by Irving Washington will be used in the following paragraphs to show just how difficult it is for one man to achieve the proper qualifications of an American Scholar but when combined could conquer many problems. In order for man to conduct a peace treaty they must know how to conduct themselves. One will understand thyself better upon
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