Step 1: Read Ralph Waldo Emerson “American Scholar.” Emerson believes that all men should see themselves as possible rulers and shapers of the world. He believes that only in this way will a truly healthy society be possible: “A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men” (Paragraph 43).
Step 2: Write a 150-250-word paragraph discussing to what degree do you think that this statement is realistic or feasible? Also, based on the reading, what do you think Emerson dislikes about the time in which he is living? What about his time period do you think he finds hopeful? Do you see any similarities between his “modern age” and our world today?