Symbols in Self-Reliance

Symbols Examples in Self-Reliance:

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"Spartan fife..."   (Self-Reliance)

The Spartan fife was a small flute used by Spartan soldiers. Emerson uses a “Spartan fife” in contrast with “the gong for dinner” to symbolize that he wants to hear something different than something he is used to hearing for his society.