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Freedom Regardless of Gender The novel Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe as well as the narratives such as Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass all deal with the sufferings of slaves and their determined struggle to obtain freedom Mindful of the obvious oppression of the blacks under slavery as well as the liberation that comes with freedom the question of whether or not slaves hold distinct visions of freedom due to their gender arises Of course before this question can be arrived at a conclusion there must be clarification as to what constitutes freedom Once the definitions of freedom are identified they must be applied to both male and female slaves to show the different expectations of freedom or lack thereof as a result of gender The examination based on these stories and narratives thusly of this issue shows that gender does not alter what slaves consider freedom The definition of freedom then is universal to both men and women What then are the definitions of freedom A very basic principle of freedom is free will A person that is free has the ability to choose in matters regarding work family leisure to name a few Hence to be considered free a person must have the power to choose how to live his or her own life However that is not the only consideration regarding the definitions of freedom In a society a free person not only has the right to personal liberty but also the right to protect property and family whether through personal power or institutional laws Therefore another aspect of being free requires the means to protect ownership and familial structure Also freedom is not limited to only physical freedom as emotional freedom is important to being ones own master The feelings of security as well as self-respect play an integral part to independence in addition to being
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