how does freedom differ across the various characters?

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"The British promise freedom to slaves but won’t give it to the white rebels…The rebels want to take freedom, but they won't share it with us…Both sides say one thing and do the other."

This quote captures the general perception of freedom among the different characters. The slaves want freedom to live a normal life with no masters who constantly infringe on their human rights. The rebels want freedom in order to develop and enforce their own policies and run their own political and administrative systems with no interference from the colonialist. The colonialists want the freedom to impose their policies and governance on the rebels. As much as the term freedom is used by the different groups of characters it points to different goals and objective depending on the benefits to that particular group. The conversation following up to the quote also brings another angle to the term freedom. The grandfather running the pump believes one cannot get freedom from a fellow human being instead people should concentrate on attaining freedom by being religious and leading righteous lives.

mrsheinzelmann eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Depending on the character, the novel, and the conflict seen, freedom will vary from book to book. Consider each character's motivations and background. What drives them to do what they do? What are they seeking to be free from? The word "freedom" can mean many things depending on one's perspective. Are they seeking religious freedom, the freedom to choose their own path, the freedom to be who they choose? This is a vague question and I would need more information such as what book you are referring to before I could properly answer this.