Mr. Freeman, an art teacher at Merryweather High School, tells his class that “You must walk alone to find your soul.” (118) To me, this statement rings true for many reasons. At the time, Mr. Freeman is trying to help Melinda’s imagination by showing her a book of artwork made by Picasso. Melinda doesn’t really understand or even seem to care about what Mr. Freeman is trying to do for her. Only after she realizes the meaning behind what he told her, does she learn.
In my opinion, this statement means that we can’t possibly follow someone else to find our soul. Having other people do all the work for us, is taking thee easy way out. We would eventually end up with nothing. Mr. Freeman tells Melinda that he can’t do everything for her. (118) To find our soul, we have to believe in ourselves and what we can do. Nobody is the same, and that reflects in this statement.
I believe that this statement is true because if I would do the exact same things, and make the exact same decisions as someone else, basically, let them run my life, who would I be as a person? I would be nobody, just an imitation of someone else who has found their soul. In my opinion, a soul is what we believe in, whether it is what we think is right or wrong, and the personal choices we make that make us who we are. Melinda needed to learn that she is an individual, and that she needs make her decisions and go with them.
These are several of my reasons on why I think that this statement made by Mr. Freeman is true. This part in the novel really spoke to me, and I understood it very easily. Understanding this part helped me to come up with my view on what a soul was. Everybody will have a different view on this statement; this is mine.