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Ralph Waldo Emerson urged the population to be self-reliant readers From his different works it is apparent to me that Emersons definition of a self-reliant reader necessitates one to not just simply read and repeat his thought and ideas but rather to ponder his positions and arguments and then to apply them to their own life and experiences Because Emerson truly wanted people to read in this manner he created an equal relationship between the author and the reader Emerson did not take an authoritative position in his pieces his prose is scattered and oftentimes seems to parallel a tripped out conversation between scholars His radical views on writing speaking and human interaction have made him a most important and influential literary figure Emerson stated in his essay Self-Reliance that Our reading is mendicant and sycophantic Emerson 38 By this he meant that the average reader did not evaluate and draw their own conclusions on what they had read He feels that most people read the words on the page and accepts what is presented to them I feel that Emerson purposely writes in such a way so that the reader must think about the meanings of every word I feel that this is a very effective technique to keep the reader alert and thinking One literary device that Emerson uses is the method of tautology Tautology is a sentence that disproves or convolutes itself Always scorn appearances and you always may Emerson 36 This quote contradicts itself in that the may at the end of the sentence disproves the point he was attempting to make If it ended in a word such as will or something else along those same lines the sentence could have been true This again is a method Emerson used to keep a reader attached and questioning Emersons style of writing especially in Self-Reliance is very often sporadic and random in nature One could pick up Self-Reliance start in medias
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