The Motivation for Change Essay

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The Motivation for Change Throughout history, motivation has been the driving force for individuals and groups who have made a difference in the world. Motivation has most often emerged over time by people who want to make a change in their life. Two authors, Naomi Klein and George Orr, both share their experiences and viewpoints on fighting for a cause. Klein, in “Fences of Enclosure, Windows of Opportunity”, gives her ideas on the metaphor of a fence, and how today’s society is greatly restricted. Orr, in “Return to Hayneville”, recounts his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s. Although there is a significant difference in time and setting, both authors connect through the theme of motivation. Orr was motivated to do his part in the Civil Rights Movement, and to continue to persevere even in jail. Klein can learn from Orr’s experiences and take away from his personal goals and determination, regardless of the consequences. Both authors are perseverant and have a strong sense of individualism. Self-expression, depending on where you are, can either be a right or not even an option. Klein gives many examples of different people being limited of their rights to making themselves heard. She uses her theme of fences to show how people in many countries are restricted: “The first was the fence. The image came up again and again: barriers separating people from previously public resources, locking them away from much needed land and water, restricting their ability to move across borders, to express political dissent, to demonstrate on public streets, even keeping politicians from enacting policies that make sense for the people who elected them” (Klein 195). In her research, Klein notices that people from all over the world are restricted from self-expression, especially when it comes to political views. On the other hand, Orr gives an example of

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