The Pursuit of Freedom

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Neelam Pocha
May 22nd, 2012
Ms. Shah

Neelam Pocha
May 22nd, 2012
Ms. Shah

The Pursuit of Freedom Martin Luther King once said, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” With great relevance to many women who are striving for freedom around the world, the memoir Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman portrays a young woman named Devoireh, struggling to grow and gain the freedom she deserves under all the restrictions and barriers laid upon her. Contained in these pages, are the examination of the primary and secondary sources such as: the movie Erin Brockovich directed by Steven Soderbergh, the memoir The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara, articles such as Norse Jewish Women Tells Of Holocaust from the New York Times and Judaism, the women’s version by Tamar Rotem which brings out the major themes like freedom, determination, struggle and courage. Within these primary and secondary sources a strong relation to the major archetypal figures are displayed through out the memoir such as: the crusader, the survivor and the innocent, the contexts of these sources depict Feldman’s interpretation of Devoireh.
There are many strong willed women who are told they are incapable of pursuing what they want because they are “women”. With many struggles and obstacles, in the film Erin Brockovich, the major character Erin displays herself as a remarkable woman who achieved what she desired most because she had a vision to pursue her goal. This plot unveils the theme determination from the memoir Unorthodox because in relation to Erin, Devoireh was in pursuit to set herself free from her Satmar community and with conviction she was successful. Devoireh believed her destiny was not to abide with the little Jewish community set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn…...

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