The Pursuit Of Freedom Essay

1546 words - 7 pages

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 ...view middle of the document...

On the contrary, it is very archetypal when one is on the road to reach their destiny; there is always another who is like an obstacle. These obstacles were challenging Erin to reach her goal; this element of the movie truly brings out the major archetypal figure displayed by Devoireh. With relation to Erin, Devoireh portrayed herself as the crusader and the survivor. As a crusader and a survivor, she endured many obstacles thrown at her, for example she tolerated her unreasonable Zeidy’s (grandfather) image of the perfect Satmar grand-daughter and simultaneously figured out how to escape her manipulating life. Feldman displayed Devoireh as the archetypal figure of a crusader and survivor who learnt that no person could control her life and as a woman she can pursue anything with determination.
Along with the theme determination, the memoir by Kamara captivates all the major themes and archetypes of the memoir by Feldman. Mariatu Kamara and Devoireh did not anticipate having their lives controlled by someone else. In this story, they both struggle for freedom; Mariatu is the perfect example of the archetypal figure of a crusader because physically and mentally she faced many traumatic obstacles. Devoireh also experiences many obstacles and feels a great deal of pressure from the people around her; similarly, both characters display the archetypal figure of the Innocent. Mariatu Kamara accentuates the archetypal figure of the innocent in Devoireh; alone with no guidance and knowledge Mariatu fought against the impossible and freed herself from the layers of burden forced upon her. With no knowledge of the world outside her Satmar community, Devoireh still manages to unleash her true identity to the real world. The themes such as struggle, freedom and courage allowed them to break through all their barriers to learn and feel appreciated by what the world has to offer. As scene in picture 1 and picture 2, they both have symbolic images, which brings forth the theme and female archetypes. In picture 1, the loose hair signifies Devoireh’s freedom and rebellious characteristic because it was mandatory to wear a wig in her culture. In picture 2 the mango with the transparent hands signified Mariatu’s reality, the mango is a symbol of the bite of the forbidden fruit, where it signified the pleasure she felt eating something so sweet after hours of pain and struggle, however, also knowing it went against the rebels commands. The way Feldman interpreted Devoireh’s battles in each chapter, truly enhanced the depiction of the crusader, the innocent and the survivor.
Approximately six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered in the year 1933. Between 1933 and 1945 was when the Holocaust occurred, from that gruesome genocide, watching their own suffer was when the Jews realized that they could not rely on anyone but their own. From the New York Times an article was published in the year 1961 about dejected widowed women who lost their...

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