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Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson (scene 1)
Updated: 10/12/2020
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson (scene 1)
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  • Why are you studying grammar, James? You will never become an author: your grammar is terrible. You should work at a daycare instead.
  • I know I'm not very good at writing, but that doesn't mean I'll quit. I want to become an author, whatever it takes.
  • You should stop. You've failed to write a story countless times; you know you can't do it.
  • Just because I failed doesn't mean I'm not capable enough. Failure has just shown me what my mistakes were, so I won't repeat them again. Since I know what I did wrong, I'll be improving from now on.
  • This scene connects to my essential question by showing an instance where an individual should stand up against society. James, a boy aspiring to be an author, is urged by a classmate not to follow his dream and seek an easier career. James tells him that he'll do "whatever it takes" to become an author. His classmate keeps arguing that James is not good enough to be an author, but James insists that he'll follow his dream, ultimately causing him to give up in his attempt to dissuade him.
  • You're being delusional. You won't succeed as an author.
  • I appreciate your concern, but I already said that I'm not going to give up. I'm not changing my mind.
  • Fine! When you hit rock bottom, you'll see that I was right.
  • But it'll be too late for you.
  • Only I know what I should do.
  • I have to do what I believe is best for me, not what others want.
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