Freedom: Will You Use it For Good or Evil?

analytical Essay
1158 words
1158 words

In Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge lives as the unhappy owner of an accounting office who mistreats those around him. Scrooge has not lived life in a satisfying manner and now resides in isolation, in no hurry to right the wrongs of his past. Through the intercession of three ghosts, Scrooge journeys to Christmases of the past, present, and future and transforms from a man of greed into one of care and compassion. In the beginning of the story, Dickens contrasts the harsh personality of Scrooge with, “Gentlemen of the free-and-easy sort” (Dickens 31). Scrooge’s treatment of others is not easy to overlook, but he must seek forgiveness and set himself free. Home Alone remains to this day a Christmas time classic in which an eight-year old boy, Kevin McCallister, remains at home for Christmas while his family vacations in France. Kevin stands as one member of the sizeable McCallister family. Being the youngest of several children, he gets picked on all of the time and is not shown much respect. When preparations begin for the family vacation, Kevin gets punished and reveals his “wish” to live alone, free of the family chaos. His wish becomes a reality when he oversleeps as his family heads for the airport. During the week, Kevin is free to do as he pleases, but he soon misses his family. Two burglars attempt to raid the McCallister home and he is left to defend himself (Hughes). Kevin enjoys the newfound freedom that this lifestyle has to offer, but he later discovers the absence of love that only his family can provide. The bible has teachings that can be applied to any situation in life. The book of Galatians, found in the New Testament, houses just a few of these teachings. Galatians... ... middle of paper ... Death Penalty Information Center, Web. 28 Nov. 2013. Derrick, Jennifer. "Security Lessons Learned From "Home Alone"." Web. 2 Dec. 2013. Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. London, England: Chapman and Hall, 1843. Print. Home Alone. 1990. Dir. Chris Columbus. Twentieth Century Fox, 1990. Film. Hughes, Langston. "Freedom's Plow." Web. 29 Nov. 2013. McDonald, John H. "Myths of Human Genetics." University of Delaware, Web. 1 Dec. 2013. Rogers, Brian. "Texas sets man free from death row." Ed. Nancy Barnes. The Houston Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2010. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. Rathjen, Brian and Jean-Marc Rocher. "The Price is Right." Ed. Melanie McFarland. company, Web. 2 Dec. 2013. Weatherall, Barry. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou. Painting. Web. 30 Nov. 2013.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that freedom is an integral part of society in today's time, but it does not always mean that people will choose and live in a manner that is pleasing to society.
  • Explains that anthony graves becomes the 12th death row inmate exonerated in t. death penalty information center.
  • Analyzes how dickens contrasts ebenezer scrooge's harsh personality with that of "gentlemen of the free-and-easy sort."
  • Explains mcdonald's "myths of human genetics." university of delaware. rogers, brian. "texas sets man free from death row."
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