We may even call it archaic, or out dated. To us his word choice seems to be very formal. Emerson also uses ethos here by borrowing the credibility of these great men.
Emerson makes a reference to three distinct great men in the past; a religious leader, a philosopher, and a poet; this is an example of the use of ethos because it gives him credibility as an intellectual and it connects to any reader who has studied these men.
Once again, Emerson plays with pathos to assure the audience that they will be happy if they simply put their heart into their work. In this same sentence, he compares a nourishing kernel of corn of the growth of an individual and explains that we must use what the good world has given us to become the people we were meant to be.
The author adds pathos to his essay by evoking the personal prejudices and biases of the audience.
His ideas encourage the reader to follow the path created by the higher power, rather than attempting to seek their destiny with no guidance. In this sentence Emerson uses a different tone, a happier, more exaggerated tone. Emerson wrote this essay is to teach a lesson.
Emerson suggests that those who accept the ideas of transcendentalism will find the acceptance they are longing for, and will no longer feel inferior because the higher power will overtake their struggles.
This theme of vivid light and holy imagery continues through the whole reading and this, as well as the many allusions to biblical figures and scripture lets us see that Emerson was a man influenced greatly by religion, which gives him credibility and connection to those in the audience who are also religiously inclined; which is very great use of the ethos argument.
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