The Pedagogy of the Oppressed: A Critical Book Review
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This paper is a report containing a summery and my own opinion of the novel "Pedagogy

of the Oppressed” by Paulo Freire. It is a well-written manifesto for the liberation of oppressed

people everywhere. It speaks of love, unity, and knowledge as vital to creating a world of

freedom; an end to the dialectical struggle of oppression and liberation. Freire has had a beautiful

vision and has shared it with the world in the hopes that it will inspire, and cause others to stand

up for their right to become more human.

Throughout the book, one main point is expressed repeatedly-that the process of

liberation is a mutual one, and that it must be achieved through praxis. True liberation, where the

cycle of oppression and liberation is broken, leaving only a liberated society, can only be arrived

at through the equal use of action and understanding. The people must understand the reasons,

and the necessity of their revolution, as well as acting to liberate themselves, otherwise their

action will be no more than pointless activism. According to Paulo Freire, there is one major

driving force behind the movement for liberation from oppression-that is the desire of all people

to find their humanity. If a person is oppressed, then he or she is prevented from being seen as a

complete human being by the upper class, who sees the oppressed as mere objects. Members of

the oppressive class consider themselves, and only themselves, as human. Only through an act of

love, by rising up in revolt with the goal of freeing the oppressed and the oppressors alike, can

In the second chapter Freire describes the educational system's role in dominating the

oppressed, as well as providing an alternate method of education that will teach the people to

think, in effect empowering them. He begins by describing the current system of education, the

banking system. It revolves around the ide...

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