Elsa Nyongesa Ms. Fernandes ENG 121 Period 7 16 November 2018 Declaration of Independence When in the course of human events, it has become necessary for me to emancipate myself from my parents. I have been subjected to sixteen years of my parents’ tyranny which has made my life less than content. I have come to find their incessant nagging intolerable and their rules to be very restrictive. I have reached a point in my life where freedom is more than a want. It is a need that can only be met by dissolving the constraining links that have connected me with my parents. I shall now explain the causes of my need to declare independence from my parents. I hold these truths to be evident: that all teens are created equal and have had to live with certain alienated rights, with the most important one being the right to exercise their free will at all times. This involves, but is not limited to the right to go wherever they please, whenever they please. Additionally, they have the right to choose which chores are important and need to be done at that moment rather than be forced to do tedious tasks. Another vital right is self-governance. They should be able to set their own expectations and do what they can to meet them instead of having to live under their parent’s dictatorship. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. Thanks to my parents, my social life outside of school is severely lacking. I have been forbidden from going to my friend’s house. I have been restrained from going out to places such as the mall, or the movies with my friends. I have also been prohibited from communicating with certain people simply because my parents thought it fit. Over the years, my parents have hindered my pursuit of happiness by keeping me from being involved with my friends outside of school. They are constantly pushing me to challenge myself and strive to get high honor roll. An A-minus is not enough in the eyes of my parents. An A average only satiates them temporarily. On top of these overly high expectations, my parents expect me to fulfill a handful amount of chores every day. I find it incomprehensible that they expect me to be on top of my school work at all times, yet they are constantly nagging me for not having time to do chores because of my workload. Nor have I been wanting in attentions to my severely restricted life. I constantly plead with my parents to let me out. However, they have been deaf to the voice of reason. I have gone to great lengths, trying to appease my friends. I have done all my chores which did nothing to impress them because they considered it as an obligation rather than a simple courtesy. I have also tried to exceed their academic expectations by doing all my work and getting high honor roll. Unfortunately, they also dismissed my achievements as if I had no other option than to attain them. I, therefore, have concluded that I ought to be free from my parents’ dictatorship. I hope that by being emancipated from my parents, I might acquire the kind of life, liberty, and happiness that I have been deprived of for the past sixteen years. I hope to be free to spend time with my friends whenever I feel like it. I would also want to be able to choose what chores are worth doing ut at the time and which ones are not. Additionally, I would like to be able to set my own expectations instead of trying to live in my parents’ image. For the support of this declaration, I pledge my life and my freedoms because neither would mean anything under my parents’ strict rule.
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