I'm turning 18 soon and I want to clarify my freedoms if I'm going to continue living with my parents. I'm afraid they'll continue to restrict me like they have for the past 17 years. If I'm living under their roof, are they allowed to tell me that I can't go out? Living there is a generosity, so legally, I don't think they can hold me from going out, but they could not let me back in (which they'd never do, but it's always possible). And for house rules, I completely understand taking out the trash, doing the dishes, but do they really have that much power over me that they can set a bed time. This may be a sit-down-and-talk-about-it-issue with my parents, but legally is this possible? And lastly, my dad said he would give me his old car which
Studying in a foreign country is an interesting experience of an individual lifetime. One tends to learn a number of things relating to ways of life in a foreign land. Social, political and economic values and aspects are usually different from one region to another. Therefore, through studying abroad one is able to learn different issues about another society such as gender and sexuality issues, social class and race/ethnicity issues. Having come from a developing country studying in the U.S.A has been a great experience personally. This paper will attempt to provide a reflection of my personal experience on studying in the U.S by comparing the history of Angola and the U.S.
The Fourth of July is about America’s freedom, yet it is ironic to be celebrated when people of a different race are not allowed to celebrate freedom. Our fathers fought for freedom of all, not for different races to have more control of life than others. They fought for the equality of all and for everyone to have the freedom they deserve. “With them, nothing was settled that was not great. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were final. Not slavery and oppression” (Douglass 2). The people who fought for our freedom believed they were fighting for the liberty of all, instead slavery still existed in society. To slaves, the Fourth of July is not the day of celebrating freedom, it is just another day of hard work and without liberty. “To him your celebration is a sham, your boasted liberty, your national greatness… your shouts of liberty and equality” (Douglass 4). The irony of American freedom falls where the constitution lies since the constitution is looked at as the liberty document of an unliberated and unequal country. “If the constitution were intended to be, by its framers and adopters, a slave holding instrument, neither slavery , slaveholding, nor slave can anywhere be found in it” (Douglass 4). Slavery is not part of the “Glorious liberty document” so why is is able to exist? It should not be acceptable to call
Douglass has a very long answer to this question. On page 13-14 it says, “What to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.” He goes on to say how it is a sham. Whites are all up and love it and the blacks just get reminded how they are not independent no matter how much they want to be.
Independence Day has been a very celebrated American holiday for many years. However, in the 1800s, we enslaved our own people. As “the land of the free” (a lyric in our nation anthem), abolitionists wanted America to be true to that title and rid of slavery (Document 4). The hit novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, painted a clear picture of how cruel slavery really was. This enraged the south, making statements such as “The Negro slaves of the South are the happiest, and, in some sense, the freest people in the world,” (Document 5). These two social and cultural events caused conflict between the north and south and contributed to the cause of
Throughout “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?,” Douglass passionately argues his position that the Fourth of July, a holiday supposedly celebrating freedom and liberty, is nothing but a hypocritical sham in the eyes of slaves and freed African Americans. In this fiery speech, Douglass calls upon his audience to fight against the oppression of slaves by properly recognizing their manhood. Douglass employs imagery to better illustrate the anger and despair felt by 19th century slaves. He uses diction, specifically rhetorical questions, to draw attention to the hypocrisy of owning slaves in a nation that celebrates the freedom of “all men”. He uses syntax to better help convey the cruelty of slavery and the terror that free and escaped slaves face knowing that they are constantly being hunted as though they are animals. Douglass’ implementation of these rhetorical devices and his appeal to pathos help him address his main message: a nation can never truly be free so long as the freedom of some is built off of the backs of the enslaved.
As Douglass stated in his poignant speech, there were not many reasons to celebrate the fourth of July if one was a slave. To the white man, this holiday represented the freedom and independence that they earned by defeating the British. These men were now truly free. This was not the case for many ethnic groups at this time. The idea of freedom was still just a dream to them. It was never discussed that the way this freedom was
I belivie that in the past and even today men are seen as the stronger sex. They are the ones who make the destions and control most things. This fact makes me want to work more harder and stronger to be able to take care of my self. I see my self as being able to be independent and deserve to be happy. And I want everyone to to feel and see themselves this way. I'm also fully aware that I'm not quite ready to be completely independent. My age has a lot to do with that. Most people wouldn't rent out an apartment at 17 years old. But as I continue to grow and change I will become more mature and capable of reaching that leaves of independence.
Over the years you’ll learn hatred is not born within you, but adapted. You would want to take the pressure that evolves with others, unfortunately without a doubt you are going to meet an obstacle that could potentially take you within the waves. If the obstacle were to overcome you may be broken down into depression or perhaps you won’t resist and conquer with aggression. Peace isn’t given, nor is it easily obtained. Peace still hasn’t shown its existence to the world, but it’s yet to come and show its tranquility that is beyond the capacity of our imagination. As I have fallen, failure has shown its superiority against me, despite my efforts towards the world I yet still can not find the way to build the Utopia everyone could desired and
Being that i am getting older in age my declaration to you is that i get more freedom and to liberate. I'm writing this because i find it unfair that my brother had more freedom than me at the age of 16. I believe that with the same amount of freedom gave in to my brother and sister i will be more social and a more pleasant person to have around. I will gain more of a personality.
We were traveling but then we stopped when we got to Independence Rock. It was a resting place which was really big! It looks like a whale which is cool, also we wanted to come here by July 4 and we did make it. We decided to stay for 1 night because we also needed to rest our animals and we needed to rest. Since it was July 4 we sang, ate, and laughed and talked to each other. We also carved our name on the rock with grease made from Pine Tar and Hog Fat. Their were already lots of name carved which was very cool, I wonder ped to myself how long people have been traveling. We talked more until we were all tired so we decided it was best to rest for we can wake up tomorrow much more better.
One day in Canada, I was just little pieces of polymer. And one of my friends were specks of sand. It was a very busy day. People kept walking and stepping on me and my friend. People never saw us on the ground as we were only just raw materials.
Thankfully Mr. John butler brought extra axes and rope sadly he didn't have any buckets so I went to go ask Tony Wilson if he had any bucket that we could use luckily he did we got really lucky.
Independence could loosely be defined as the state of not relying on others. It is becoming more and more prevalent in modern societies. As a teenager reaches adulthood (in most countries, at the age of 18), he or she faces more responsibilities and more decisions to make on their own. Ideally, the one approaching adulthood comes to possess, through trial and error, the ability to take care of one’s self. In my case, this progress of gaining independence started a bit earlier than usual in relation to the usual customs of my culture. My dad’s philosophy on self-reliance and “manhood” transformed me into an independent teenager which in turn led me to find a more rewarding path studying abroad in the US.