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Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1836

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Nature. Boston: James Munroe, 1836. Print.

The primary purpose of the passage is to

A

show how everyday behaviors are influenced by social conventions.

B

illustrate the core insight of the speaker’s views on spirituality.

C

criticize the vices the speaker witnesses in the world around him.

D

argue that one must resist formal education to gain happiness.

E

trivialize competing spiritual systems that contrast with the speaker’s own.