Symbols in Self-Reliance

Symbols Examples in Self-Reliance:

Self-Reliance 1

"Spartan fife..."   (Self-Reliance)

The “Spartan fife” was a small flute used by Spartan soldiers. Emerson contrasts the “Spartan fife” with “the gong for dinner” to symbolize that he wants to hear different ideas from society rather than the norm.