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PLEASE DO NOT PLAGIARIZE, This is worth 60% of my grade so I would like it if you did a great job, he wants you to basically be “emerson” fill his shoes and think of what emerson would think when talking about symbols or images, he also wants you to be very “deep” which is a key part to getting a good grade cause if he understands you then its A+. 1000-1500 words. Another tip is to make sure you put down a saying Emerson says and the page number.(Dont copy all of his examples)  (Dont steal the title as well) DUE BEFORE 9AM EST ON 12/6/16

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Topic #1. Choose some symbols or images in the papers you have written and discuss the importance they have for your writing.
                                                           Emerson’s Cat
	Art, music, literature, and architecture have always been the repository of symbols. Symbols are not dead. They surface in movies. The movie Inferno takes place in architectural settings in Florence, Venice, and Istanbul. The architecture contains clues linked to the symbols of Dante’s The Divine Comedy.
	We have four preferences for knowing that work together to recognize a symbol. The sensation preference deals with information that comes from flowing with immediate experience. Information is either pleasant or painful. The feeling preference notes personal connections. We accept or embrace information that fosters relationships and things we value. Thinking looks for information as objective truth. What matters is excellence and fairness of outcomes. Intuition is concerned with what Emerson calls “involuntary perception[s]” (“Self-Reliance” 37), a spontaneous vision of a pattern in information.
	 A symbol is an object which stands for something unknown but real, a complement to reality. Take a cat. It patiently waits to spring upon its prey, and it's independence contrasts with the loyalty of a dog. The behavior of the cat can be a metaphor. A metaphor takes a cat’s behavior and uses it as an analogy of an abstract idea, like self-reliance.
	Whereas a metaphor points to a concept, a symbol combines opposites. It takes the material reality of a cat and combines it with the spiritual meaning of a cat within the individual’s personal story. Can students write better if they can read the cat metaphor as a symbol? I will argue affirmatively, that reading Emerson's “Self-Reliance” (1841) helps students write better because they discover symbols of individuality.
	Individuality is not individualism. Individualism is a fragmented self, based on one historical precedent. Individualism is perfect. it needs no one. Individuality is a whole self. Individuality becomes. In time one ceases to be what others want one to be and becomes who one truly is. Then it can give to others what it truly is. 
	I dream of a cat. It is curled around my neck. To interpret the image, I use all four preferences. For sensation I note the emotions the image arouses. For feeling I note whether I like or dislike cats. For thinking, I might ask what the cat symbolizes by looking up its meaning in a dream dictionary. For intuition I note my dream as a whole, what the cat does in the context of the dream. The cat coils around my neck. Symbolically, my thoughts are dry without emotion, my emotion aimless without thought.
	In Emerson's essay the cat image occurs twice. First, the cat denotes a concrete being. Remarkably, Emerson’s cat shows whether individuality is selfish. Emerson argues that we can decide whether we are selfish by consulting our conscience. We ask whether we have hurt anyone, including our cat. Emerson writes: “Consider whether you have satisfied your relations to father, mother, cousin, neighbor, town, cat, and dog” (42).
	The second cat image occurs in a parable, an extended story with a moral.  The cat is a metaphoric image. Emerson contrasts true and false education. The story paints false education as treating all the students the same. They are objects on a chessboard. Education prepares the student to play the game of job hunting. The trouble with the game is some will lose and some succeed.
	We can be undone by setbacks, unless we have character, a trust in who we are.	
True education teaches us to trust like a cat. Indeed, failure and success don't seem to matter. We face conflicts, we test our character, we find new life. Note that Emerson prefers the masculine pronoun. We would write the “sturdy lad and the hearty maid”:
If our young men miscarry in their first enterprizes [sic], they lose all heart. . . . If the finest genius studies at one of our colleges, and is not installed in an office within one year afterwards in the cities or suburbs of Boston or New York, it seems to his friends and to himself that he is right to be disheartened and complaining for the rest of his life. A sturdy lad from New Hampshire or Vermont, who in turn tries all professions, who teams it, farms it, pedals, keeps a school, preaches, edits a newspaper, goes to Congress, buys a township, and so forth, and always, like a cat, falls on his feet is worth a hundred of these city dolls . . . . He does not postpone his life, but lives already. He has not one chance, but a hundred chances. Let a Stoic open the resources of man and tell men they are not leaning willows, but can and must detach themselves; that with the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear. (43)
	I take the cat to symbolize that without sadness there is no joy. Stoics in the classical world taught themselves to endure pain by silent pride. To stoicism Emerson adds transformation. Indeed, the parable gives Emerson’s story of death and rebirth. It encapsulates Emerson's life – and the reader’s. By his mid-20s Emerson had gone to college, taught school, married, and become a pastor of a church. Then his wife, Ellen died young. Had he not known this sorrow, he would not have known the joy of writing “Self-Reliance” eleven years later.
	In his essay, “Gifts” (1844), Emerson explains why a gift requires sacrifice. In so doing he sums up “Self-reliance”. The stereotype view of the word “sacrifice” implies that one has no value. One has gives oneself away for nothing. This stereotypical and negative view of a gift is a half-truth. The true meaning of sacrifice: one can only give ones self if one has value but chooses to give up a claim on it. Indeed, “the only gift is a portion of thyself” (312). (990 words)

This below is his grading rubric.

Grade Rubric: Final Emerson Paper
Note. Like a ladder, each of the four rungs of the rubric incorporates and augments the steps below.
A = The essay has scope and range. Its length (1000-1500 words) gives memorable and meaningful form to its ideas. The reader learns something new about Emerson or wants to read the essays again. Virtues of form and critical thinking include but are not limited to: proofreading (punctuation, subject-verb agreement, pronoun consistency, and spelling); paragraph coherence (transitions, repetition of key words, appropriate definitions, topic sentences); understanding of the connotations of the author’s images, metaphors, and language; quotations placed both in the context of the student’s paragraph and Emerson’s touchstones; vivid details, including the use of analogy or metaphor. 
B = The beauty of the essay serves as a vehicle for critical thought that also engages the reader’s interest. The virtues include but are not limited to: the denotations of Emerson’s words are understood; Emerson’s terms and concepts are clarified through expository forms, such as comparison/contrast, definition, example, and illustration; paragraphs are seven or eight sentences in length; sentences have force because they are less than 20 words and use as many active verbs as linking verbs.
C = The essay satisfies both reader and writer. The latter has made headway with a complex author. Moreover, the student can give written form to what he or she knows about the text of the author. Virtues include but are not limited to: the last name and page number are placed in the header of each page; a title is centered at the top of the essay; the essay conforms to speech format (tells what you're going to tell, tells it, and tells what you've told) and consists of three parts; an introduction unites the essay (with a sentence that answers a question, placed at the end of the first paragraph); the body paragraphs directly address one of the four topics in the Syllabus; a conclusion tells what you have learned in an anecdote or what liked/disliked with reference to how your view evolved; uses occasional stereotypes or clichés but puts quotation marks around them; documents quotations from the touchstone with an introductory phrase, accurate quoting, and citing in MLA documentation style; formats the paper in MLA manuscript style.
D = A sincere effort. Its virtue includes but is not limited to free writing, clustering, active imagination, and lists.
F = Misstep. Either the ideas and opinions are taken literally from a website about Emerson or his essays (“Gifts,” “Friendship”, “Self-Reliance,” Spiritual Laws,” “Prudence,” ) and/or appear to be, due to the use of clichés and stereotypes found in or associated with the website.

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