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Education as Freedom

The theme of education as freedom has a leading role in the story. Through Anna’s strong desire to get educated, there is a deep sense of freedom as being something more than physical liberation. This desire Anna has is continually fed throughout the story through her secret studies on the plantation, through her use of it as one of several incentives to keep running when things get tough, and in her reckless pursuit of education in Ohio. This concept can be felt in Anna’s persistent efforts to gain (sometimes by reckless means) what she feels in her heart is rightfully hers. The transformation of education into a freedom visibly arises when Anna confronts Mrs. Rosa about the true nature of freedom. As a reader, we are also positioned to take from Anna’s story the true weight and significance of the power of dreams in shaping what is manifested in reality.



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