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Structure of the Essay:

Introduction:

You can start the introduction through following ways:

  • Start with a general introduction/anecdote/an example/a short story/a poem/ etc. about freedom and its importance.
  • Define freedom and give various forms of freedom (legal, political, social, cultural, religious, etc.)
  • Give various perspectives about freedom – quote philosophers and great personalities.
  • Explain how freedom is a right – Human right, natural right, and fundamental right.
    • Also mention how life is without freedom. Examples – Various freedoms denied to women and other vulnerable groups. Along with its impact on their development.
  • What is the right thing to do?
    • Quote various schools of philosophy and philosophers like Socrates, Aristotle, and others.

Thesis Statement:

  • It is a transition statement between introduction and body of the essay.
  • In thesis statement, you should write outline of the body with your own arguments. You should prove these arguments in body of the essay with relevant examples.

Body of the essay:

  • Mention why Freedom should not be absolute.
    • Freedom to Act or Think Vs Correctness of an Act or Thought
      • One can have the freedom to do anything but every act or thought is not correct.
      • For example – Defamation can be termed as a misuse of Freedom of Expression, similarly, other freedoms under Article 19 of Indian Constitution can be misused.
      • One can also mention the example media and its role in terms of media trial.
    • Individual Freedom Vs Collective Freedom
      • For example – An absolute freedom of Expression can also be exercised for Hate Speech and Rumour Mongering can lead to communal disturbance leading to the loss of Collective Freedom of a society.
    • Freedom Vs Values (Social and Religious)
      • Sometimes freedom can be exercised in such a way which can be against the Socio-religious values.
      • For example: Indecent speech or acts in public places are considered against Indian Socio-religious values.
    • Freedom Vs Law (Nation/International issues).
  • Explain how Freedom should be used to do the right things for the individual/society/community/country/world.
    • Raising voice against exploitation.
    • Making people aware of their Rights and Duties.
    • Helps in personal growth.
    • Freedom to help vulnerable section through education, charity etc
    • Freedom to have liberty and to protect the liberty of others.
  • The Discuss the question about the authority to place justified restrictions on Freedom. Address the questions like –
    • Who has the authority to place restrictions?
    • How should these restrictions be placed?
    • How many restrictions can be placed?
    • How can such restrictions make freedom an opportunity to do right?
    • How can these restrictions on freedom open a Pandora’s box?
      • How can it lead to authoritarianism, religious fundamentalism, conservative thinking etc in society?
    • Quote contemporary examples wherever possible.

 

Conclusion:

  • Conclude with maintaining a progressive and balancing attitude towards Freedom on which minimum restriction must be placed.
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