What are three examples of each of the four freedoms being either expressed or denied in To Kill a MockingBird?
The four freedoms are freedom of speech; freedom of every person to worship God in his or her own way; the freedom from want; and the freedom from fear.
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I don't recall many specific examples of freedom of speech being denied, although Scout realizes that, as a child, she is not always welcome to voice her opinion; an example is at the missionary tea, when she holds her tongue while the "ladies" are making fun of her. Jem also holds his tongue during his initial dealings with Mrs. Dubose--before he destroys her camellias. Atticus obviously voices his opinion during his courtroom summation of the Tom Robinson trial; and Miss Maudie always speaks what's on her mind, particularly at the missionary circle tea.
FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. I don't believe anyone is denied to worship freely, unless you count the fact that Maycomb's Negroes must go to their own church; blacks were not allowed at the white churches. Mr. Radley is devoutly religious, but he rarely attends church. Atticus attends the Methodist church, while Miss Maudie chooses to attend the Baptist church.
FREEDOM FROM WANT. The Cunninghams are dirt poor, and Walter comes to school without lunch. Bob Ewell spends all of his money on liquor, leaving his kids hungry and dirty. Dill, on the other hand, gets plenty of gifts from his parents; however, he receives little attention from them--the thing he wants most.
FREEDOM FROM FEAR. Many of the Finch neighbors fear going out late at night because of the rumors of Boo Radley's bloodthirsty nature. Atticus fears that Tom Robinson will be taken from the jail and lynched. The Finch family fears Bob Ewell after he makes threats against Atticus following the trial.
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