Whould Bob Dylan's song "Chimes of Freedom" have the theme of freedom for the individual?I am doing a paper where I have to choose a music selection  (one of 3 pieces total) and tie the theme of...

Whould Bob Dylan's song "Chimes of Freedom" have the theme of freedom for the individual?

I am doing a paper where I have to choose a music selection  (one of 3 pieces total) and tie the theme of it to my profession.  My profession is elementary education.  I choose the theme of freedom of the individual because I am writing the paper to show how an education is the foundation for the individual to become who he/she wants to be in adult life or do what he/she wants to do in life.  Please, explain if the song in the question above relates in this way.  It would be greatly appreciated.  I am really struggling with this!

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would pay attention to Dylan's hopes of giving voice to those who might lack it and how freedom exists for all of these individuals.  In the modern setting, freedom is the only guarantee for all beings and their ability to act on it to the best of their abilities with the most amount of understanding is of vital importance.  Dylan speaks for these individuals, such as "Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight/ Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight/  An' for each an' ev'ry underdog soldier in the night" or "Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake/ Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned an' forsaked/Tolling for the outcast, burnin' constantly at stake" or even "Striking for the gentle, striking for the kind/ Striking for the guardians and protectors of the mind/ An' the unpawned painter behind beyond his rightful time."  These voices or narratives are ones that justify freedom for Dylan.  They justify his singing for them, and their own songs to be sung.  I think that education can tie into this process because the more education individuals receive, the greater the chance such voices can be heard or that individuals can pay attention to these voices that might be silenced.  Education and freedom go together in this context because there is a social dimension to it.  One cannot be educated and pretend to not hear what is out there because their perceptions and understandings about the world have been awakened.  This might be one slant or angle to take linking the song to freedom and education.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I would say it depends on what you are considering "education."  Much of Dylan's song celebrates those who rise up against systems, the "warriors whose strength is not to fight," or the rebel, typically not the people we celebrate in our current system of education.

So much of what Dylan seems to be celebrating is the chiming of the bells symbolized by lightning, chiming for people that are cast out of the system, mislabeled or cheated, people that don't fit into our current view of education, people that likely got their education on the street or in their tough experiences.

If your paper is going to address that idea, the idea that real education happens in the rough and the tough, the moments when you aren't necessarily in a classroom being inspired but when you are scared or alone or hunted or standing up against what you are "supposed to do," I think the song might be a great reference.


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