Essay Free From Outside Control

1517 Words Sep 26th, 2016 7 Pages
Independant: free from outside control; not depending on another 's authority - not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence. In my life experience independance was always a desirable quality to strive for and also one that I would consider myself to possess. Parents praise their children for learning to be independent, teachers praise their students for thinking independently, and men generally find independence as being an attractive quality in women. This word has always had a positive connotation to me, so then being dependance, the word’s counterpart, must possess a negative connotation. You should not be too dependant on anyone during any stage in your life, relationships, schooling, or work. Being able to provide for yourself is a necessity and if you are not able to do that for yourself then that means you are not a strong individual. If these notions are true, then why does society also encourage group collaboration, teamwork, and companionship? One could argue that there needs to be a healthy balance between the two, but if that is true then why do we not teach others to strive to be dependance as well as independent? In the novel The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, this theme of dependency is brought up in the relationships of the characters within the book. Characters Henry Skrimshander, Guert Affenlight, and Pella Affenlight not only encounter the issue of dependency in their relationships, but they also are faced to deal with the level of control…

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