What profound disagreement do you find between the ideas of culture diversity in Ruth Benedict’s essay (“The Individual and the Pattern of Culture”) and the ideas of “Self-Reliance” in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay? What would Emerson have agreed with Benedict’s essay and what would he have found intolerable? Construct an argument that defends Benedict’s essay from the presumptions of individuality that are present in “self reliance.” Contrast Benedict’s clarification of the nature of culture with Emerson’s essential disregard for culture. How would Benedict respond to the discussion that Emerson offers on the powers of conformity (to) society and the need of the individual to be nonconformist?
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