Freedom comes in different ways to different people. Freedom is the state of being free or at liberty than in confinement. In the story Into the Wild by John Krakauer Chris McCandless feels as if he is stuck in a society that is not meant for him.
Freedom means living life as one wants, everything else is a form of slavery. If a person is not allowed to make his or hers decisions, if he or she is not free to live life as he/she wants than he/she doesn’t have power over his or her existence. If freedom was not essential for every human being than no one would have found so fiercely for it. If it was not important than today we would not be still fighting to keep and extend our freedom.
Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. There are different forms of freedom, two of which are physical and mental freedom. People advocate the rights of both physical and mental freedom of others who can not. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Malala Yousafzai fought for physical freedom whereas John F. Kennedy fought for mental freedom. In order to be completely free, someone must posses both physical and mental freedom.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”- Nelson Mandela. The quote is describing how freedom is not only being out of chains but to be able to be in society with respect from all. Freedom can also mean a lot of different things depending on the person. For example to a teenager freedom could mean them getting out from under their parents supervision or parental control. But, freedom to an adult that works everyday of the week, their freedom can be, not have to work on the weekends, which gives them their freedom to do anything they want to do. In the slave narrative Incidents of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs about her life as a slave, freedom means Linda (aka Harriet Jacobs) being free from slavery, being away from Dr. Flint, and to have her family free with her. She tries to achieve her freedom in many different ways. She confesses to Mrs. Flint about the advances Dr. Flint makes towards her, she falls in with a free black man, and gets pregnant by Mr. Sands. She uses these to achieve her freedom from Dr. Flint’s advances. She also achieves her freedom by running away to her grandmother’s attic, and running away to the North. Linda also achieves her freedom when Dr. Flint had died and when Mrs. Bruce being her savior.
According to google, the definition of freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. The Freedom from imprisonment or enslavement from those who holds a person against their power or will. However, when freedom is expressed by an ex-slaved, their views are completely different. Ex-slaves found it difficult to adjust to the liberal freedom because they have to deal with relocating families, no political rights to vote, and the ability to establish land.
Freedom is defined as being at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; furthermore, to be released from an external force or control (dictionary). “Harrison Bergeron” is a short story that is in a society where the government is trying to make everyone equal, using handicaps to decrease certain individuals traits or qualities that are above average. In the novella Anthem, the people and society went back to the past when they are far into the future. The people are living in caves and have seemed to have lost or forgotten what people before them have discovered and believed. “Harrison Bergeron” and Anthem are very different but also have many similarities, especially referring to family and education.
Throughout history freedom has had many different meanings and definitions; based on race, gender, and ethnicity. According to the dictionary freedom means the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint (“freedom” def. 1). Freedom may seem like something given to everyone however it was something workers had to fight for. Not everyone believed that workers’ rights needed to be changed, which led to a long battle between workers, employers and the government. To the working class people freedom meant making higher wages, having regulated hours, workable conditions and the right to free speech.
All around the world people talk about freedom; America has more freedom than Russia, twenty-one years old as more freedom than a fifteen year old. What does “freedom” mean? Many have different definitions of “freedom”. For some it could be the freedom to speak and act as you want and others it could be to go where ever you want.
Freedom has a large range of meaning. The encyclopedia Britannica defines freedom as “the quality or state of being free, and the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action” (Britannica). In the American society there is a lot of emphasis on freedom, and the right to be free, but one must question to what extent we are truly “free”.
Freedom is being able to make your own decisions without input of a parent or guardian. You must be responsible for yourself as well as your actions. Before reaching freedom actions made by the child are part of the Guardian’s responsibility. All liability and blame is put on yourself for your choices.If you get in trouble with the law before you are eighteen the guardian of the child is put on the parent and they have to pay for damage done. You reach these freedoms when you become a legal adult. Before this time you need you guardian or parent to consent on decisions the child makes. Overall the child has no power unless a guardian agrees. You also gain freedom when you are able to support yourself financially.
Being free is a sense of when nothing in the world can define you except for yourself. Your choices and beliefs are shaped by your own interpretations of what you perceive or think. Referring to the book, it states, “To be free, a man must be free of his brothers” (Rand 101). When Equality 7-2521 lived in the city, he wasn’t allowed to speculate his own thoughts and keep information to himself. However, in the Uncharted Forest, he realized he was allowed to do anything he wanted. Therefore, what you want to be or do should be based on your own feelings, nobody else’s. People don’t have a right to make you feel ashamed of your dissimilarities
What is the meaning of freedom? In 1776, 56 signatures were set upon a piece of paper to revolt against a union that was seen as corrupt. This piece of paper stated, “ When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political band (Declaration of Independence).” In the novel Chris McCandless had fled his daily controlled life and banished himself into the wild. Chris had dissolved the political bands and had revolted against a capitalistic society in search of true freedom and to find content in his life.
Freedom is an individual’s ability to go about day to day life without restraint or interference from someone of a higher power. Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure by Langdon Gilkey and There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz both explore the idea of what it means to be free. More specifically, Gilkey explores what it means to temporarily lose freedom in the Weihsien Camp while Kotlowitz explores what it means to never have freedom in the Henry Horner Homes. Through the documentation of these two very different living situations, it is clear that the individuals of the Weihsien Camp had more freedom than those in the Henry Horner Homes. The individuals in
Freedom means being freed from something and don’t have to worry about anything. Freedom could be deciding that being like everyone else is not what you to do and you be yourself. Or freedom could be working at a job you don’t like and you decide to quit. Sammy has no freedom to say that the manager is wrong for treating the customers wrong and actually getting the manager to agree with him. Malcolm X shows a feeling of being nothing to something.