Freedom In Flack's The Strangers That Came To Town

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Freedom in “The Strangers that Came to Town”
We are living in a country where we have many freedoms, which are taken for granted every day. In some parts of the world freedom is very limited where people do not feel welcome or even safe in their own community. In Flack’s story he is demonstrating the theme of freedom, from the time the Duvitches family arrives to Syringa Street where they were not welcomed to the fish fry where acceptance was clearly shown. Freedom, in the dictionary, means “the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint” (Dictionary.com). In his short story, “The Strangers that Came to Town”, Ambrose Flack is showing that true freedom is about being accepted. Flack portrays this by showing people not being respectful to the Duvitches rights, the community mocked and belittled the family in different ways and then showed acceptance to the family through the participation of the community in their fish fry. Although freedom doesn’t seem to be a large concern to some, many families appreciate it when they have experienced life without it.
Firstly, Flack shows the theme freedom through the family having their rights not respected. The family immigrated because “For years before coming to America they had been on the move, to escape starvation, separation,
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Just to be able to speak without fear, worship in our own way and free to stand up for what we believe. In this short story, Flack does this by people not respecting the family’s rights which in a free country they have, the community mocking and belittling the family in different ways. Then, Flack shows acceptance to the family through the fish fry. In his short story, “The Strangers that Came to Town”, Ambrose Flack is showing that true freedom is about being accepted. The author, Ambrose Flack, demonstrated the theme of freedom throughout the short story

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