Thursday, July 4, 2013

Freedom Fighters in Literature

A 4th of July Look at Freedom in Literature

In honor of Independence Day, this post is dedicated to characters in literature that must fight for freedom, both literally and metaphorically. Each of these books has characters that must face adversity to gain their freedom. We the readers, root for each of them along the way, feeling the relief they feel as they finally attain the freedom they so diligently fight for.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Although there is no specific character who gains freedom in this novel, the world works together to fight off the zombies and infection in order to save humanity. Now that is something worth fighting for!

Chains (Seeds of America, #1)

A young adult historical fiction about a slave girl in New York, Chains is unique because it focuses on slavery in the north, rather than the south. By no easy path, Isabel fights to free herself from slavery in New York.
The Golem and the Jinni

In this beautifully written blend of historical fiction and fantasy, Chava is a golem, a creature created to serve every whim and desire of her master, and Ahmad is a jinni, bound by a centuries old spell to a Bedouin wizard. Chava and Ahamad, with the help of each other and a few acquaintances they meet along the way, must face challenges and misfortune in order to gain the most fundamental privilege humans take for granted each day: free will.

What books have you recently read that have characters who fight for their freedom?

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