How is Emerson's idea of
Self-Reliance different from and similar to the common use of the term (take
care of your own needs and don't depend on others outside yourself)?
Is Emerson really saying
"Believe anything you want to believe and do anything you want to do"? Is he
really saying "Nothing outside yourself matters"?
What would Emerson think
of 21st century American capitalism?
Would Emerson's ideas as
expressed in this essay result in a stronger or weaker government? More or
What would Emerson say
about the human capacity for good and for evil?
How have Emerson's ideas helped shape our concept of the American Dream?