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If you believed in something, would you give it up just to follow the crowd? Would you lie to yourself just to blend in? When Martin Luther king fought for rights of African Americans, he did just the opposite of that, as did Rosa Parks. In Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela, he says “…when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” This quote could have many different meanings depending on your point of view, but I have my own interpretation. This quote proves that if someone has a belief that isn’t allowed based on someone’s religion, or the country they live in, they have no choice but to turn against those people. You could change your beliefs to match that group of people, but then you aren’t being true to yourself. My belief in this statement shows that everyone should be able to believe in what they want, not in what everyone else believes in. Two films we watched this year that support my theory are Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders and released in 2012 and Iron- Jawed Angels, directed by Katja Van Garnier and release in 2004. These two films both portray strong women standing up for what they believe in and being very defiant. In Iron- Jawed Angels, Alice Paul loses her right to fight for women’s rights, but she continues to try and stand up. Snow White loses all of her freedom when she is locked up for almost her whole childhood. These defiant women both were “denied the right to live the life they believe in”, and they fought against it. Not being able to live your life the way you would like to is something I have never experienced, but Snow White experiences is firsthand in an extreme way. Her step-mother, Ravenna, takes away her freedom by locking her up for most of her childhood. Snow white isn’t allowed to live her life how she wants to, but how she is allowed to, being held hostage. The movie depicts everything as very dark and eerie that makes it seem like a world where no one can live how they want to, which is true. As the kingdom turns from being under Ravenna’s power to Snow White’s everything is shown brighter and represents a new era of freedom. Before that happens, snow white must fight against Ravenna and become an “outlaw” to get what she rightfully deserves. The scene where Snow White is being held captive in the tower clearly shows her being denied the rights to live how she wants, but she fights against it and later wins her rights. The scene has very dark lighting which could be a symbol of how it feels when you have no freedom. The scene where Snow Whites mother finds the red rose in the middle of winter shows defiance, and could be a symbol of the rose being different a fighting the weather. The rose didn’t die like the other ones, but it fought against the cold winter to express its true color. This is much like snow white when she gives the speech to the people of the kingdom about fighting against Ravenna. When Snow White becomes unconscious from the apple, she wakes up feeling better and fiercer than ever. She is determined to defeat Ravenna and live how she wants, and how the people want. When Snow White wakes up from her “sleep” she is also fighting against the odds because she was supposed to die. I think that shows that Snow White was destined to beat Ravenna and she could power through anything that came her way. While Snow white is trying to help the people of her town, Alice Paul is trying to get freedom for women everywhere. Alice was willing to do anything to get women’s rights and she wasn’t going to stop no matter what. After Alice and the other women were sent to jail, they were required to serve 60 days at Occoquan Workhouse, in Virginia with brutal and harsh conditions. Even there, they continue to fight against what they deserve. Alice puts her hands up in her jail cell as a symbol of defiance, and she also refuses to eat. These acts prove that she...
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