George Orwell stated, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”() The government is able to control how each and every person thinks. They brainwash you to the point where they can make you believe anything. Which essentially means they can make you believe that people do have freedom but in reality they have none. Winston claims that the ability to attain freedom is to not to believe what the party want you to believe. He does this when he is arrested by the government. O’Brien tortures him to make him believe in the party and Winston stupidly starts to believe in the party slogan just make O’ Brien happy even though he knows in his heart he does not believe in it. After months and months tortured by the government Winston says that dying hating the party is when freedom is attained. O’ Brien says, “Tell me Winston and remember, no lies … What are your true feelings towards Big Brother?” Winston responds, “I hate him.” (282) Winston is then sent to room 101 where he is tortured even more because he will never like the party. He believes he will attain freedom from not believing what the party wants him to be...
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...him a way to bond with others which is also freedom. The freedom to act as you please. Lastly, the cassettes provide Ishmael with a way to escape all the tough times of his life and free his mind. Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain (Bob Marley). When Ishmael is able to listen to his music he does not have to think about the pain he is going through because music frees his soul and gives him a chance to breathe and be happy and that is true freedom. Give these points, freedom is attained by hope, rehabilitation and music and not by the fire of a gun.
In conclusion, both George Orwell’s 1984 and Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone challenges the definition of freedom and how it is ultimately attained. I believe that freedom is the power of choice and is not given. You have to choose to be free and then it is attainable.
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