Some of the dangers in following the majority are that you can get in trouble, you can make a wrong choice, ruin your reputation, change how others view you, and you will be the same as everyone else and you won’t be you. One of the ways you can get in trouble is that you can get in trouble with the law by drinking and getting a minor. One of ways you can make a wrong choice is that you go somewhere where you know you shouldn’t be and you something you regret in the future. You can ruin your reputation because people can look at you different if you don’t want to stand out and do your own thing. You can also ruin your reputation by not doing what you would usually do and you just go with everyone and what they are doing.
If this isn’t the biggest and best example of conformity then I don’t know what is not to mention dumbest. “She danced for multiple days by herself, but by the seventh day, 34 others had joined, by the end of the month, 400 people were dancing with Mrs.Troffea.” (Tim Unkenholz, pg.2) This proves that very very large groups of people can all be pulled in and drowned by mass
So it Goes Conformity is a curious concept. No one orders another to follow suit, yet it is almost instinct for this to occur. The fear of ostracism will motivate people to do things they do not necessarily believe in, or even want to do. This disparity between what one thinks and what one does necessitates rationalization, and people use many different methods to achieve this. Kurt Vonnegut explores through his character, Billy Pilgrim, in Slaughterhouse Five.
Although it may seem easy to be a zebra in a heard of giraffes when it comes down to it everyone wants to feel included and part of society. When a person does not conform to societies rules most people stare, laugh and talk until you do. But there are rare exceptions where people want to talk, listen and understand why you are not conforming to society. I also realized how much I actually cared of what people thought of me. For me to break societal norms I had to give myself a pep talk and listen to a confident boosting song.
Meadow Scanio p.8 In society everyone wants to fit in to belong, but the more people try to conform on the outside the more they will question society as a whole on the inside. Bradbury uses this idea in his book Fahrenheit 451 which creates the main conflict in the story, Montage’s struggle against conformity. Montage questions why he is burning books while he tries to fit into the thoughtless society and keep up the appearance that nothing has changed, allowing conflict to form in his life because of his fight to realize right and wrong. Bradbury uses montages job as a firefighter to show how he fits into society because firefighters make up the image for the world they live in.
In today’s society the general attitude towards an individual is conform or be an outcast. It is seen in schools where people who do not fit into specific cliques become outcasts, the weird people. It is seen in the work place as well. People have conformed to standards set by society simply because society has said to do so. Society asks people to change themselves to fit in.
Christopher McCandless, American traveler, once said “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.” This quote is far more universally applicable than originally thought to be. Throughout one’s life, one will undoubtedly experience some form of conformity. The driving factor in a majority of these moments is fear; fear of not fitting in, or of not living up to society’s expectations. The only thing that lets one escape conformity is the truth known from past experiences.
Janie finds out that her second attempt to marriage does not give what she desires, and it is only in her “condemned” marriage that Janie finally achieves her true love and happiness. After marrying Jody, Janie was deceived into thinking she was living a high-class life, but in reality was confined even more in this marriage than her last one. Janie is not allowed to participate in any town events that are ruled as un-lady like by Jody. On the outside, Janie is restricted to the general store or the house, but in those times she would constantly question why she was not able to behave like a man. It is only when Janie marries Tea Cake, a man younger than her, that she achieves her quest of finding true love and subsequently her happiness.
Conformity Essay The nature of conformity is following something without rejection, or accepting that there’s only one way one thing can be done. Leonard Mead is in a world where society is more like a blinded monkey with a knife in its hand. He is a nonconformist because he doesn’t live the normal lifestyle the rest of society lives. The rest of society repeats the same thing over and over without question, it’s like everyone is the same person.
People don’t want to be the odd one out and they certainly don’t want to be judged for it. This experiment showed how social pressure from a group could get a person to conform. All in all, the results of the elevator experiment show that conformity can be influenced by an individual’s innate desire to be like everyone