Literature UFC/ What does freedom mean to you?

Task One: Answer these questions  6pts

1)-What does freedom mean to you ?

For me The concept of freedom can be summarized as the ability to unleash our personal desires without restrictions or servitude from a person who has authority or status that allows him to influence or dominate our personal decisions or how we live with respect for the views and restrictions imposed by the group, such as religious and cultural restrictions that rise under the concept of mutual respect between the various groups of society that are governed by reactionary laws to preserve the human stamps and curb the crimes that are involved under the name of false freedom.

2)-How important is freedom for you?

From my point of view, I think that freedom has a major role in educating the various segments of society to curb the deviant tendencies that prevail in the various groups of it, such as freedom in eating and drinking, in addition to defining personal practical desires such as work, study, and intellectual orientation, because it involves the principle of social development, which depends entirely on the concept of difference and non-discrimination between different categories, such as race, color, and language, because it is considered one of the basics of the identity of the individual development within society.

3)-Should people be totally free to spread hatred, incite violence and ridicule others’ ideas, skin colour or culture?

No,  People should not be totally free to spread hatred, incite violence and ridicule others’ ideas, skin colour or culture

Task Two: READ this poem for Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014), an American poet and civil rights activist and then answer the questions

Still I Rise

Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

This poem encompasses many aspects of Harlem Renaissance or the Black Arts Movement. Define this movement and then explain how freedom and human rights are illustrated in the poem.   14pts

Definition this movement

The Black Movement was a movement of black nationalism focused on music, books, films and performances by black artists and intellectuals,  This was the cultural section of the Black Power movement, in that its participants shared many of the ideologies of Black self-determination, political beliefs, and African American culture.

how freedom and human rights are illustrated in the poem

Freedom and human rights are illustrated in the poem owing to the fact that  ‘Still I Rise’ is an inspiring and emotional poem that’s based around Maya Angelou who lived through some of the worst oppression and inequality for African American people.  Although slavery had been long abolished, Angelou saw its effects on society and the African American people. ‘Still I Rise’ is her declaration that she, for one, would not allow the hatefulness of society to determine her own success. Through this poem, she tries to break through the shackles of domination and raises her voice to say that she and her people are no longer mute. They have got the voice to proclaim their human rights and they will fight for their own freedom .No matter how hard they try, she will prove to them the abilities of black people and the phrase, “I rise” is not about a singular uprising. It’s a collective revolutionary voice that consists of the raging uproar of a class, oppressed and betrayed for a long time.

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