Freedom is not only a word but also an expression of emotion and identity. Freedom affects everybody on some level. It is the word that the country we live in is defined by. Everyone’s interpretation of freedom varies because everybody has experienced different levels of freedom. I define freedom as a state of mind. It is the mental or psychological ability that one has to do what one wants without feeling confined of restricted by one’s past or future. But in the society that we live in today, true and total freedom does not work. By analyzing the novel Beloved and the two movies Secrets and Lies and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, I will show how total freedom has led to the death or demise of the characters in all three of these pieces of expression.
In the society we live in many laws have been put into place to aid in ones pursuit of freedom and happiness. But laws really restrict ones total freedom. Laws provide an individual the privilege to act without restraint as long as their actions do not interfere with the equivalent rights of others. Documents like the Magna Carta, Bill of Rites, and the Code of Hammurabi are designed provide each individual the perfect equilibrium between the rites of an individual and the rites of other individuals. It is often the case, though, where some individuals don’t understand the value of laws and therefore live beyond them. These people are deemed by society to be dangerous. Characters can be seen in the literature portraying characteristics of either being free to a certain extent or being totally free from laws and the wraiths of others. Only the ones that are restrained by others and the law make it through the novels without dying or becoming mindless.
The main character in the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is Mr. McMurphy. He is a person with total freedom. He shows that he is a person that doesn’t care about laws or about the freedom of others. The movie is about how Mr. McMurphy thinks that by pretending he is mentally unstable, he can avoid three months in prison and spend the remainder of his sentence in a mental institution. Little does he know that when he is committed into the mental institution he is required to stay there until he is pronounced sane. He is put into a cellblock with 18 other males who suffer from mental illness. All of them are under the control of a woman named Nurse Ratchet, who rules each one of their lives. The one major difference between the freedom of the individuals is that some of them are there voluntarily while other like Mr. McMurphy are there involuntarily. During the movie both groups experience freedom in different ways.
The group of men that are in the cellblock voluntarily are free in the aspect that they are doing what they what to do. The law is not keeping them in the metal institution, so they can...