Ronald free from the constraints they are stuck

Ronald Regan once said ‘There
are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no
barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.’ Many people are
trying to break free from the constraints they are stuck in. These constraints
can be found happening everywhere, in literature, in songs, in films, in
nowadays society, etc. The main purpose of this essay is to compare and argue
the connections dealing with freedom of constraints in John Fowls’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman and in Bob
Marley’s Redemption song.

Clearly, there is one common
similarity in both the book and the song, the fighting in order to achieve
freedom, breaking society’s constraints. Although both stories fight for
different types of freedom, Fowl’s story deals with breaking away from social
constraints, and Marley’s song fights for freedom as well, but not freedom from
society’s social constraints but for freedom for the slaves. Still, the main
theme of both is breaking free and achieving freedom. Concerning Fowls’
literary work, this essay is only going to be focused on Charles, one of the
main character of the story, although each of the characters appearing in the
novel are constrained in some sort of way by Victorian society. Dealing with
Marley’s song Redemption song deals
with the story of how the narrator has been restricted from his freedom for
years, finally he decides to overcome it all because he wants to achieve
freedom of everything that is oppressing him. The message of this chant it
is clearly dedicated to people who feel trapped by the restrictions of society
and want to achieve freedom. Certainly, as shown before it is evident that both
works share a lot of similarities.

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Charles is absorbed by his
comfortable position as an English gentleman, which allows him the opportunity
to tranquilly deal with his scientific activities and to be in control of his
romantic relationships. Yet, he risks being banished from his class position if
he loses his wealth or behaves himself in a socially unacceptable way. So, it
could be said that he is pretty free but social constraints are pressuring him,
he is not able to do whatever he wants or feels because he is frightened about
the weight of his actions.

Charles will eventually
recognize the freedom constraints of his world and he will be able to find the
strength to rebel against them, stirred by his interest in a girl he falls in
love with. During a talk with a powerful man, who insists that Charles joins
his business Charles gains a glance of the suffocating lifestyle he would have
to sustain if he agrees this offer. In the final ending, he gains absolute
freedom from social and marital constraints as he refuses to follow the requirements
of his class or to be in possession by the woman he was in love with; being
liberated from everything society has imposed him.

Dealing
with Redemption song, Bob Marley knew
perfectly well how the world is divided into rich and poor based on the
interests of a few people, and all he demands is to society to stand up and
fight in order to abolish these social constraints in order to be equal, so to
achieve freedom for once and for all. This can be seen in the chorus verse,
where Marley sings: ”Emancipate yourselves from
mental slavery/ None but ourselves can free our minds”, While slavery has been abolished and the bodies of
those who suffered slavery have been freed, their minds are still suffering
from slavery. According to these verses, Marley wants to highlight the fact
that racism as well as other limitations such as hunger, selfishness, etc.
prevents the human race from progressing and, sometimes it can be morally
complicit by not taking action. However, change always starts from within, at a
personal level; a human being must persuade freedom in order to help other persuade
it. The singer is challenging people to think critically about their
surroundings and if they are doing enough so to obtain freedom because, as the
song states; none but ourselves can free our minds. In other words, in order to
achieve emancipation from society’s constraints, everybody must first achieve
mental emancipation.

To conclude, it could be
argued that there is a clear connection with the song and the
book because, as shown before, in terms of freedom from any kind of constraints
found in life, both the book and the song are trying to fight this big issue
and are trying to make people aware that freedom should be acquired by
everyone, and not everyone can achieve it. Whereas Fowls’ story is trying to
fight the lack of freedom given by social restrictions found by Charles, Marley’s
song is trying to fight the absence of freedom from any kind of slavery: from
mental slavery to people using other people as slaves. But, in the end the
message of these two pieces of art is the same one, every human being should
fight in order to acquire total freedom and break any sorts of barriers life ‘punch
us’ with.