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The Difference Between Slavery and Liberty - Freedom

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The Difference Between Slavery and l iBerty - Freedom Henrik Ibsen said, "A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth". This quote gives us an idea of what freedom really is and how hard it is to earn it. In her poem, 'Caged Bird' Maya Angelou contrasts two birds, one which is free and the other is caged. In doing so she indirectly gives us the meaning of freedom. Even though both birds are the same, their lives are totally different; and in simply contrasting the two, she effectively shows that freedom is that which the free bird has, but the caged bird doesn't - the right to live life the way one wants. ...read more.

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living his life with ease; this is further emphasized by the lines 'and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn' which show that he has big opportunities all of which will yield a large reward, and that he also lives a lavish life as he has the 'fat worms' just 'waiting' for him on the lawn. The caged bird however, has been described as an exact opposite and his life is just as miserable as the free bird's is lavish. We are told that he unlike the free bird has no freedom of choice as his 'wings are clipped and his feet are tied' showing that he is restricted from flying and as such, does not have any opportunities unlike the free bird. ...read more.

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There is also an element of irony, in that both birds are equal, yet their lives are exactly opposite and if they were to switch roles, they would very easily be able to do so; the only difference between them would then be, what the persona defines as freedom. The free bird is free to chose, has big opportunities and can aspire for the impossible. The caged bird however, has no freedom of choice, no opportunities and lives his life in misery. In contrasting these two birds, the poet shows us that freedom is the ability to live life freely and to its fullest, to be able to choose what you want and enjoy it and most of all, to be free from all restriction and be bound by nothing. ?? ?? ?? ?? Asim Srivastav ...read more.

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