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The author Jean Jacques Rousseau was
the son of a French watch maker. Rousseau had an odd background. His education
was not regular and he tried many sources of employment. His only true talent
was in his writing. Rousseau won a prize given by the academy of Dijon for a
discourse to the question “whether the progress of the sciences and of letters
has tended to corrupt or to elevate morals.”  The academy of Dijon was extremely pleased
with Rousseau’s work and his writing started to gain attention. Later on,
Rousseau wrote an essay called A Discourse on Inequality. Rousseau wrote this
essay in response to another question proposed by the academy of Dijon. The
question asked, “what is the origin of the inequality among mankind; and
whether such inequality is authorized by the law of nature?” The main purpose
of this essay is to explain how there is such vast inequality among men and
whether this inequality is caused by nature or the rules of society.

The first argument Rousseau
presents is the two inequalities between men one being natural and the other
being moral or mental inequality. Rousseau then goes back and gets his audience
to question what is the cause of to describe to his audience man and his
natures. He considered one of man’s natures to be body strength and give the
example of Rousseau goes into how we differ from animals. The text explains how
animals get their character based on the elements in which they are surrounded,
and how humans don’t receive any of that character because as humans our only
tool is our body. Rousseau argues that if you take a man and strip him down,
underneath we will find a weak animal. The strategy that Rousseau presents in
this essay is he first introduces an idea to the reader, makes the reader
question it and the inserts his opinion. The intended audience of this
discourse were the professors at the academy of Dijon, and because of this I
believe this forced Jean to make this essay persuasive and make his opinion
seem like fact. I believe that the experiences that Rousseau has faced makes
him a reliable author and gives him some credibility. I believe Rousseau is
reliable because he witnessed this inequality first hand.

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Rousseau’s A Discourse on
Inequality differs a little from our current age. One example would be in
Rousseau’s age it was important for an individual to have a trade in order to
support themselves. In our era, many individuals get paid a large amount of
money for making an app, going viral on the internet, making rap music, and
other various hobbies that do not require an education. Having a trade or
having a good education was very important during that time. I found all of
Rousseau’s arguments valid.

A Discourse on Inequality supports
the arguments found in “Visions of The Great
Good Spirit”. This primary source is about how the “white man” changed the Native
Americans way of life. The primary source gives readers insight from a Native
American perspective on how inequality has always been a huge issue in our

 One of the major difference in these primary
sources is the Visions of The Great Good
Spirit has more of a spiritual back ground than Rousseau’s discourse. Rousseau’s
in my opinion refers more to the elements of nature rather than a spiritual
being. Another notable difference is Rousseau’s discourse I find both of these
primary sources reliable and credible. Both Rousseau and Tenskwatawa experienced
the inequality they wrote about.