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The essay The American Scholar by Ralph Emerson Waldo basically consists of three main parts First Emerson writes about the scholars resources which are nature books and experience Second he writes about the scholars duties which are basically to trust yourself and your intuitions no matter what society tells you Third he writes about the condition of American scholars during 1800s claiming that Americans depend on European cultural traditions and that they need to develop their own In the first part he talks about how scholar relates to nature He says To the young mind everything is individual it finds how to join two things and se in them in one nature He doesnt believe in Empirical Science where people believe only what they can prove He believes that you could seek truth by guessing He chooses dreams over truth He talks about books as scholars resources He says that influence of the scholar is the mind of the past and that books are the best types of influence of the past Emerson also talks about the difference between the mere thinker and Man Thinking What I think he means that mere thinkers ponder on books and then builds ideas and opinions about what they have read however Man Thinking builds opinions on life in general and doesnt focus on one subject He says that schooled people are great intellectuals However an unschooled person may be more learned then people who spend days reading books and locked up studying because he or she experience life to the fullest and understand more about things that cannot be learned from books Emerson also talks a lot about fear He states fear is the primary enemy of the scholar Fear is the voice in your head that says No you cant do it Inaction is cowardice but there can be no scholar without a heroic mind The American Scholar is the hero The
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