American Author Keyword Outline
Hypothesis: Ambrose Bierce believes that regardless of any effort to limit it, freedom is an undeniable right and necessity for every human.
Freedom from limitations
A. Fear is the enemy of freedom.
1. Fear limits our freedom
a. Fear had by excess forfeited control of his faculties. The Boarded Window
b. He moved among them freely, going from one to another and peering into their faces with childish curiosity. Chickamauga
c. Desolation everywhere! In all the wide glare not a living thing was visible. He cared nothing for that; the spectacle pleased, and he danced with glee in imitation of the wavering flames. Chickamauga
2.Fearing the unknown is fearing freedom
a. RELIGION, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable. Devils dictionary
b .One sunny autumn afternoon a child strayed away from its rude home in a small field and entered a forest unobserved. It was happy in a new sense of freedom from control, happy in the opportunity of exploration and adventure. Chickamauga
c. Genius - to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.
B. How to be free
Rid ones self of limitations, whether gained by ones one will, or by that of another.
a. Freedom, n. Exemption from the stress of authority in a beggarly half dozen of restraint's infinite multitude of methods.
b. SELF-EVIDENT, adj. Evident to one's self and to nobody else.
c. HABIT, n. A shackle for the free.
Be adventurous and never ceasing
a. All of Killed at Resaca
b. Brayle was beyond recall, galloping easily along, parallel to the enemy and less than two hundred yards distant. He was a picture to see! His hat had been blown or shot from his head, and his long, blond hair rose and fell with the motion of his horse. He sat erect in the saddle,...