To Kill A Mockingbird Essays: The Struggle For Freedom

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“At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of want- for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war.” - Eleanor Roosevelt. Just because laws say we have freedom, doesn’t mean people are treated equally. The laws that speak of equality take away freedoms of others. Ever since the first time civilization had a ruler or gave power to an individual, there has been a struggle for freedom. Utterly showing that freedom in all forms, must be worked for in some way, the well known texts, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, “I Have A Dream Speech” by Martin Luther King, and Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, press one cannot just stand by, waiting for what…show more content…
No matter how little the fight for what is right, the struggle that transpires is still a strive towards freedom. This small way of fighting for one's right can be seen in women's discrete rebelling actions against the regime’s “definition of them as a Muslim women” when the author of Reading be Lolita in Tehran say, “ Does she realize how dangerous she can be when her every stray gesture is a disturbance to public safety?... showing a strand of hair just to remind them that they have not converted..” (pg 83 in the student handbook) This shows that fighting for what you believe in, no matter how little headway you make, gives the freedom of self-satisfaction and is always worth the risk. “If you don’t fight for freedom, you give it away without protest. Stand free or kneel chained.” - anonymous. This is important because by such small things having such a powerful impact the opposing force obviously isn’t stable and freedom is just a push of the right block away. May the force be with you to make it tumble and reveal all the glory of freedom in the ruble. This can also be seen when Miss Maudie is informing the kids it [freedom from prejudice] wasn’t a hopeless cause, they hadn’t lost. Though the results weren’t immediate, and they might have lost the case, she explains why it’s an improvement by saying, “Atticus…show more content…
These people forget all the struggles that were faced to get the country this way; we still face in today's society, some struggles for the freedom of equality. An example of this would be the equality for Gays. Gay people will sue people who refuse service to them, and those people get in trouble for discriminating. What about their rights? The rights to refuse service to anyone. This shows that there are different views on what freedom truly is. Until freedom becomes one unified understanding or goal, it will never be achieved. This is important because the fight for one feeling equal will always be a raging battle due to the fact people are not the same. They are unique, have different beliefs, views, customs, wants, and thoughts. More evidence that proves that they are wrong is when the colonies first wanted to be free of Britain: they fought for it. This is important because it shows freedom isn’t given, it’s fought for. Even if freedom was earned as easily as asking for it, it still was worked for in the form of asking. This is important because it shows freedom, rights, and equality isn’t just there, but has to be reached through hard work and dedication. “Your freedom is the most expensive thing you have, even if you aren’t the one who paid for it. Use it well.”-
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