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Emersons Friendship

I believe that in his essay, “Friendship”, Emerson’s main point is that people should not be afraid to expand their friendly horizons. They should more try to open up and be honest with people. The essay investigates simply how to be more open with others and gives tips on differentiating between true friends and those whom we just refer to as friends.There are many people whom we speak to and meet on an everyday basis. In everyday conversations we show others that they are favored “from the highest degree of passionate love, to the lowest degree of good-will, they make the sweetness of life.” It is believed by many that our intellectual powers increase accordingly with our affection. In order for someone to take on another person as their friend there are certain things that one can search for. Suppose a stranger comes up to you and you are beginning a marvelous conversation, one in which you begin to suspect that he may be your new best friend, during this conversation or meeting you must think and observe him carefully. Once he beings to intrude, to put his nose where it is not welcomed, you must put your foot down. As Emerson states “Now, when he comes, he may get the order, the dress, and the dinner, --but the throbbing of the heart, and the communications of the soul, no more.”In some ways, friendship is too good to be true. When we come across a new friend, it seems that they are flawless, that everything they do or have is better than what we may do or own. After a while however one begins to suspect whether or not the accreditation they gave to their new friends was accurate, we doubt their character, if they really stand for what they say they believe in and if they really are as magnificent as we first thought them to be. Following consultation, even those people who we think are ideal in everyway we find are plagued by hidden imperfections and so we discover that we were...

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