Study Guide

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison Freedom and Confinement

By Shaka Senghor

Freedom and Confinement

Writing My Wrongs is a prison memoir, so it's no shocker that freedom and confinement is a major theme.

But it's brutally eye-opening what the system of confinement often does to people—many seem to be more inclined to commit violence in prison than they were outside. It's a much happier surprise where Shaka finds freedom even during his incarceration—in writing letters or stories, for instance.

Questions About Freedom and Confinement

  1. Is prison the best way to prevent those who've committed crimes from harming society? What other options might there be?
  2. What kinds of freedom does Shaka long for in the course of his memoir, and what personal qualities does he need to develop to be truly free?
  3. What's the difference between Shaka before his prison experience and Shaka after? Is it confinement or freedom that has changed him, or both?

Chew on This

Shaka's journey toward freedom starts long before he's literally released.

For Shaka, freedom is an inward quality as well as an outward state.

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