Rules are always in some shape or form binding and restricting what are supposed to be human rights. All rights are given little leeway, encouraging one to be free and act on emotions that naturally push people to be individuals. This margin however is a thin amount of room to expand on these rights before reaching the walls of restriction built by government themselves. Ideas such as “Land of the Fee” and “Land of Opportunity” are examples of catchy slogans that sell false hope. I say this because the idea of complete freedom is what is sold to the people but literature proves otherwise. Works of literature such as Into the wild and Brave New World opens the eyes of readers to the real meaning of freedom and how small of it will be left with time to come.
Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild tells about a young man who leaves society to find answers. Christopher, a college student soon to be in law school gives away all his assets and leaves society. Chris travels to the Alaskan wilderness, far from home in hope to find answers. As Krakauer takes the reader through Christopher’s many trials, one begins to ask the purpose of it all. Why would a future lawyer with good parents who seem to supply everything leave society to struggle day to day in the wilderness having to live away he has never lived before. The message doesn’t register until later in the novel where the reader realizes Christopher’s purpose. People weren’t made to be bound in a structured caged society. Human beings were created to explore and act upon themselves and their individuality. Christopher leaves society to do so. Christopher leaves his home where everything is regulated and set for him to the wildnerness where he can feel the true sense of freedom living day to day finding his own way of eating and shelter and doing as he pleases. That is the real meaning of freedom.
Brave New World expresses what is said to be the future of the United States. The novel illustrates a