Freedom is one of the most generic topic for definition essays, but it’s not a reason to be upset. You still can make your paper stand out with the following recommendations:
Look up recent surveys on how people perceive the word “freedom.” One of these bits of fact can make a hooking first sentence, e. g. “In a recent survey of students by Oxford University, about 63 percent of respondents have defined freedom as the ability to make choices uninfluenced by other people.”
Quotes work well for beginning most definition essays, provided that they are relevant to your topic and not overused to the point of becoming trite. If you read much or are an avid movie-watcher, you probably can recollect a couple of phrases about freedom from books or films that are not generally known. Pick one of them to add a spark of creativity to your essay.
An easy yet fail-safe method of beginning your freedom essay is to “get at the root.” Look up the definitions of freedom in several well-known dictionaries or encyclopedias. Choose which one you most agree with and why. Be ready to defend and substantiate your point of view throughout the essay.
After you have introduced freedom definitions by other people in your introductions, choose one for critical analysis. Think of at least three important points you can make on it (reasons why you agree or disagree with it). Give an example (from your own experience, from fiction or reliable non-fictional sources) for each point. Explain how this example demonstrates the truth (or falseness) of the definition.
Choose a “classical,” generally accepted definition of freedom to argue against it. Such essays are usually read with great interest, but you should pick especially strong argumentation in defense of your view, or your audience will be disappointed. For example, to argue against the liberal definition of “economic freedom,” you may want to use Marxist argumentation that no true freedom is possible in the world ruled by money.
As a final strike, give your own definition of freedom in your concluding paragraph. Be creative, and rely on the discussion above. If you have been able to identify flaws in another person’s definition, you should be also able to suggest a better definition instead.
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