Self acceptance in reveries of the solitary walker rousseau. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. In the “reveries of a solitary walker” (RSW), Rousseau accepts to be alone and seeks peace in solitude. He is devastated by the death of prince de Conti who was the only source of happiness for him. Following the prince’s death, he is left utterly alone which is why he starts communicating to himself through his work. This research paper seeks to explore the concept of self-acceptance in Rousseau’s book “Reveries of a solitary walker”.
This book includes confessions of Rousseau. From these confessions, many critics have attempted to explore self-acceptance. In the first walk, Rousseau clearly details why he chose to write this book. The first reason is now that he has detached himself from the world or the society has chosen to detach itself from him, he is completely alone and aims to discover himself (Rousseau 2011, p. 1). Second reason is also this that he wants to fully devote his remaining time to self-examination and self-acceptance (p. 5). Third reason is that he has started to enjoy reflecting on himself because this practice brings him closer to self-acceptance (pp. 5-6). Fourth reason is that he will derive great pleasure in the future from reading his reveries of past written in RSW (p. 7). Rousseau wrote his reflections “when he was relatively young” (Davis 1999, p. 133). These reasons identified in the first walk of RSW suggest that Rousseau started the journey of realizing his true self just because he completely disconnected from society and people, but as time passed, he began to derive real enjoyment from this practice of talking to himself and writing down his reveries. The fact that RSW is alive still proves that this book is a great guide for anyone who wants to understand the importance of self-acceptance.