In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter to a clergyman begging for equality and freedom amongst all African american people. His search for freedom is expressed through experiences that he has had in his lifetime. King explains the theory that as people grow older, they become more responsible. They gain more freedom as they discover more about their own lives. Freedom is a privilege which can be achieved by growing older and being more educated on certain circumstances.
The movie the Freedom Writers tells the story about underprivileged children in high school who experience a lack of freedom due to their poor education system and violent environment. However, the students realize how important freedom is to them when the new teacher at school shows them how writing is a way to find freedom and peace from all of the other responsibilities people may have as they grow up. The freedom the students gained is a result from becoming more aware of how important it is to be happy in life.
Beyoncé’s top selling album Lemonade displays the importance of coming to terms with growing older and becoming more aware of the outside world. In her song “Freedom”, the singer talks about the power she holds in her life. She is enamored with the idea that everyone is able to have their own personal freedom no matter who or what your physical appearance may be. Her songs are empowering and inspirational to people searching for their own freedom.
In the podcast Serial, the story follows an incarcerated man who is being accused of a murder that happened in his youth. The main character struggles to prove his innocence to the jury as he fights for freedom as he spends more time without any rights. He tries to explain why he isn’t guilty and also why he deserves freedom because he is a young adult with responsibilities
In 1920 women were granted the ability to vote therefore making equality stronger. Prior to this, women had to fight for the freedom they deserved. As adults many women protested for the same freedom that men had. These women were strong, independent, and determined to receive the same social opportunities as the rest of the country. They became more aware of the fact that the injustice demonstrated was unfair and made successful effort to get the freedom they deserved as grown adults.
In the novel, A Separate Peace, the two main characters struggle to find freedom during a time of sacrifice and war. The boys deem it necessary to distract themselves from the reality of what is really happening in their lives. As growing older comes with more responsibilities, they recognize they are not ready to face the truth. Their own idea of freedom is encouraged by the tough environment they are forced to live in. As they grow older they decide that becoming free may be more difficult and require more responsibility.
In 1791, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution was established. The First Amendment declares freedom of speech meaning everyone has the right to say whatever they want. As Americans we have the authority to express our opinions through speech as a right. It allows us to be more independent and responsible about what we have to say.
Miley Cyrus and her father have an iconic duet to Miley’s song Butterfly fly away. The song expresses the idea that as people get older they still have the power to reflect of the past and remember all of the good times made as children. However, as people become more mature, and responsible they become more free. The butterfly flying away represents growing up and gaining for power and freedom.
Norman Rockwell created a quartet of paintings in 1943 inspired by President FDR’s speech regarding the importance of freedoms. The painting Freedom from Want shows how sometimes the things that we want in life are hard to get, but with the idea that freedom is a right, we can achieve and get anything we want through the inspiration of others and the realization of how important it is to be free.
In the novel The Circle the main character Mae works at a high technology company in which all of her personal life is displayed for everyone to view. The lifestyle in which she lived in had no privacy and no freedom. Even though she was an adult she was not permitted to make decisions regarding her privacy and freedom. However, as she became more mature throughout the novel she realized that freedom is a right and she needed to prove to others that as young adults gaining freedom is part of growing up and becoming more aware of what freedom actually looks like.