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Task 2 Essay: Individual Freedoms vs Laws


Question: Society is based on rules and laws. It could not function if individuals were free to do whatever they wanted to do. To what extent do you agree or disagree?


Band 8+ Sample Answer:


(Intro) Some people contend that laws and regulations are indispensable for keeping society in order. I totally agree with this opinion.


(Body 1) It is true that the legal system is an effective means to maintain order in any society. Firstly, the law plays an integral role in restoring the delicate balance in society and guaranteeing people can live together in peace and harmony. For example, it provides a formal means to resolve disputes which are unavoidable in any society. Moreover, rules and laws also act as a deterrent which prevents people from engaging in any wrongdoings, especially serious crimes. It is strict laws which discourage potential criminals by laying out acceptable behaviour and prescribing consequences for these actions in the form of punishments


(Body 2) On the other hand, people may suggest that human beings are superior to other animals so they are especially entitled to rights of freedom. For example, it is essential for the development of any country that its citizens can voice their opinions freely, to ensure that democracy is highly respected and power is not solely in the hands of powerful figures. However, this should not be extended to freedom in all cases as I believe that the rights of individuals should still be limited to a certain extent, by laws and regulations. Sticking with the example of freedom of speech, we can say this is pivotal, but it doesn’t mean that a person can say whatever they want, especially encouraging racism, sexism and other forms of hatred towards others. Therefore, even civil rights need to be regulated.


(Conclusion) In conclusion, I completely consent that it is essential for any society to have a comprehensive law system which maintains order but regulates the freedoms that we all enjoy. It is good to bear in mind that without laws, any society is likely to be thrown into total chaos. (307 words)


Words: Student essay, fully corrected & upgraded by Nick Kemp, former IELTS examiner.

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