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“Freedom is never given and freedom must be demanded”Throughout history there has been a constant struggle for freedom in which people of different races, genders, religions, social divisions, etc needed to demand their political, social, and even physical freedom. These groups were oppressed. Deprived of the rights promised to humans but ripped from specific people claimed to be inferior. However, in order to determine whether or not freedom is given, one must question not only the circumstances where freedom is taken from the oppressed but the circumstances that give freedom or keep freedom with the oppressor. Just as darkness is only the absence of light, slavery is only the absence of freedom which implies that just because something is missing does not mean it was never there. Indeed freedom is given, asif it was never there it could not be stolen and those who have the ability to take freedom must have had it in the first place. So now we are left with two groups, those free and those not or more specifically those who take freedom and those who had their freedom taken. The latter group now must demand the freedom that they’ve been deprived of. Therefore, freedom is possessed and it’s only necessary for it to be demanded once it has been withheld. Evidence of this can be found in texts such as ‘Harrison Bergeron”, “Reading Lolita in Tehran”, and even inMartin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech in which rhetorical devices are used to express the extreme struggle for freedom that forced the shaky hands of revolt to take back the freedom that the subjects of these textswere deprived of.