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What is freedom Freedom is the ability for every individual to have complete control of his life the ability to make his own decisions From the moment an individual wakes up in the morning to the moment he lays back down to sleep in the evening thousands if not millions of choices have been made Some of these choices have had negative consequences and some of these choices have had positive consequences but regardless of the outcome there remained the freedom of choice Too often ones freedoms are encroached upon by someone or something else This encroachment can be both physical and emotional Such circumstances can be very difficult to deal with and often times lead to hardship and emotional trauma Sometimes it takes an external force or personality to come forward to help survive such instances Such a scenario exists in both Toni Morrisons novel Beloved and in the movie Secrets and Lies In both stories there is a family disturbed by circumstances from the past and in response a character from the past comes back and helps to mend the somber situation helps to free them from the past In Beloved a slave by the name of Sethe escapes with her children from the dark and dismal environment of plantation life to the bright and carefree environment of freedom From being shackled and torn from her family to having her breasts sucked dry of milk by white plantation owners Sethe has survived too many horrific situations and witnessed too many inhumane acts on her fellow man In order to deal with such pain and the resulting bitterness she tries to forget tries to hide the memories deep down in her self Sethe refers to these as rememories Living on a plantation and being a slave Sethe had experienced first hand what it was like to be deprived of nearly all freedoms Deprived of the opportunity to make her own choices and decisions as
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