You can write a critical essay that agrees entirely with the reading
Once you understand exactly what you have to do to answer your essay question, you're ready to start planning and researching. Do this well and you'll have no trouble writing your essay.
The Comparative Essay | Writing Advice
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" is often the first or only exposure students get to Emerson's thought. Here are some resources to help understand this essay:
An essay introducing the background and context of Transcendentalism, for help in understanding where Emerson's ideas came from.
From Emerson himself, with some dictionary and other simple definitions listed as well.
Basic information on Transcendentalism - links to the two items above plus more.
- HTML searchable copy of the text at
Ann Woodlief's excellent introduction to the Emerson essay, Self-Reliance.
An article by Alfred I.
Also, assignment essays can be less stressful than examinations as they allow students to show their understanding of content in less pressured circumstances.