Derek Ferreira Ferreira1
December 9th 2011
In today’s society, one is given freedom, knowledge and reason. These three basic elements of life fuel humanities needs and desires. Freedom has been given to man, knowledge is simply something one may acquire through life, and reason is the use of knowledge in order to gain freedom. John Jacques said, “Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains” (John Jacques). From the beginning of time, society has been fooled into believing that they are free and that they can make decisions that govern their style of life. This statement by John Jacques is not true because even after obtaining the three basic elements, man can never be truly satisfied. This essay will argue that both in The Outsider and in The Dead Poets Society, man continuously strives to find the meaning of life, and strives to be truly free. Society continuously chooses to deny that the meaning of life and the true pursuit of freedom is something that cannot be easily obtained. The truth is society will never be free in unisons, but man must continue seek for individual freedom.
From the beginning of the creation of organized government, one meaningless word has been repeated throughout the centuries, and that word is freedom. The use of the word freedom has been commonly abused thus meaning the original meaning has slowly
deteriorated overtime. Once society can get past the fact that freedom is not simply given, but must be obtained, the true pursuit of freedom will begin. “Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. “Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Don't be resigned to that. Break out!” (John Keating). This quote is of much significance and relates to modern day society. This is because man is born with the mediocre idea that they are free. However society must...