By Anne Brontë
While her kin turns into impoverished after a disastrous monetary hypothesis, Agnes gray determines to discover paintings as a governess in an effort to give a contribution to their meagre source of revenue and assert her independence. yet Agnes' enthusiasm is quickly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield childrens after which with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray relations; the one kindness she gets comes from Mr Weston, the sober younger curate. Drawing on her personal adventure, Anne Bronte's first novel deals a compelling own standpoint at the determined place of single, knowledgeable ladies for whom turning into a governess used to be the one decent occupation open in Victorian society.
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When we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves, but allow a passage to its beams舡 (p. 123). This fact is easy to overlook in an increasingly secular world, but it is essential for understanding the difference between Emersonian self-reliance and what Albert J. von Frank has termed the 舠predatory individualism舡 of the expansionist era. Equally important is some knowledge of Emerson舗s personal experience of the transient nature of human life. From his childhood until the middle of his life, Emerson lived through the tragic loss of those closest to him.
Spirit alters, moulds, makes it舗舡 (p. 49). Just three generations after the Declaration of Independence, America was searching for its cultural identity. In Nature, Emerson provided a philosophical foundation for the production of a new set of cultural values and beliefs. The interaction between the natural world and human consciousness provided unlimited possibilities for the production of the values and beliefs that comprise a genuinely democratic culture, in which each individual must 舠build [his] own world舡 (p.
56). Even though the country was mired in economic recession, Emerson warned that, if education merely trained students for a career, it would lead them to despair. 舠The American Scholar舡 address was somewhat controversial (Edward Everett Hale remarked, 舠It was not very good, but very transcendental舡), but when published as a pamphlet in an edition of 500 copies, it quickly sold out. The following year Emerson was invited back to Harvard to speak to the graduating class of the Divinity School. The ideas he expressed on that occasion were essentially the same as those in 舠The American Scholar舡 address, but in the halls of the Divinity School they were much more controversial.