S: RALPH WALDO EMERSON
BC: NOW IT'S YOUR TURN!! Read the quote and give your full interpretation on what you think it means. LIST: What does Emerson mean by this quote? Do you agree or disagree? Why? What impact does it have on you? When you are finished, turn your paper over and wait for open discussion.
FC: RALPH WALDO EMERSON "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trial."
1: QUICK PROFILE FACTS 1) Born on May 25 1803 2) Second of Five Brothers 3) Family lived in poverty after the death of his father 4) Emerson's mother ran a boardinghouse and hired her sister as an educator for her children to make ends meet. 5) Emerson's aunt became his principle educator and inspiration for becoming a writer. 6) Emerson attended Harvard University at the age of 14 until he graduated at 18.
3: EMERSON'S JOURNEY TO WRITING | Emerson studied ministry at Harvard and later (1825) discovered his interest in theology. He realized his calling for ministry was not for religious relations but for public service. Emerson believed in individual moral sentiment. He resigned as a pastor in 1832 because his skepticism of religion. He believed that religion was overly committed to worshiping the past (ex: Lord's Supper). Soon after, he sailed to Europe to explore natural science and education in art. As a result of his touring, Emerson's life was composed of constant writing, traveling, lecturing and publishing. Emerson began following the acts of Transcendentalism. Emerson gained much recognition for his beliefs and values which were expressed in his poems, essays and quotes.
4: BELIEFS | Individual morality Self-reliance Anti-institutionalism Nonconformity Favored women's rights Slavery was abhorrent Faith in believing in one's mind (soul) as divine "spark"