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Emerson Whitman and Melville The way I view the world has been greatly affected by my reading this semester Thought I had read Emerson and Melville before I never before was able to sound the depths of their work and fully appreciate it This semester was my first real exposure to Whitman as well The best analogy for my new outlook is an image of the universe as a yin-yang it is a complete unbroken whole within which two polar opposites are constantly in conflict But more significantly I have taken to heart the doctrine of Self-Reliance which is one shared by all three authors Emerson presents a different system of learning than I had ever encountered Throughout my previous education I was taught to learn whatever was in the book The only place original thought was accepted was in occasional creative writing assignments and even then a stylistic formula was required The sentence from Self-Reliance A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages 263 was a completely new idea to me My mind originally dismissed the concept from his journals that The dead sleep in their moonless night my business is with the living 40 But on further reflection it made sense Self-reliance is an intimidating concept Students are taught to externally justify any position we take If we make a thesis statement we must find support for it in the crumbling stacks of the library Yet in the end I have found that self-reliance is the most satisfying way to grapple with life Melville frequently supports these ideas in his writing When Ishmael encounters the whale skeleton that a tribe of islanders have elevated to the status of a god he demonstrates the gravity one should grant to others ideas of religion Cutting me a green measuring-rod
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