We are all told that there is a wrong and right way to live our lives. These people are referring to conforming and not conforming to society. Conformity is a noun that means, “compliance with standards, rules, or laws.” The degrees of conforming go from wearing clothes in public like everyone else to following everything everyone does. There are many pieces of literature on this topic. A novel, short story, and poem proves that conformity is the dull way to live life and keeping individuality may be hard, but is worth it. In M.T. Anderson’s novel Feed, it shows the readers that conforming takes away diversity and makes it easier for a government or powerful business to take over and dictate the world. In Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison
What is normal? Who decides what is socially acceptable? Society is full of conformists who seek acceptance from their peers. Conformists are people who abide to society’s norms their ideas are all uniformed . In a society filled with uniformed conformist an individual must try to make a change . We see this in our daily life as we stop by McDonald's for a quick burger. We see this in the case of Kitty Genovese case when she was murdered and while watching her die her neighbors did not help. ` We also see this in our Declaration of Independance as we freed ourselves from the higher powers of the British government.. As a person in society we should try to be different and do what we would like to do not what others would approve us of doing.
There are a numerous examples of conformity in the class readings and in today’s society. Even though being an individual is something everyone should be because it makes life interesting, conformity is an essential to be included into a community.
Conformity is something that can lead to a bad society. Conformity is good but most of the time it its bad because people think that a group of people is always smarter than one person. Conformity does not mean that all people who are a group are right. Unfortunaly conformity is not always right just like in the book The Crucible.
Social stability is not worth the price that the citizens of the Brave New World payed for it. Social stability is not all bad, because there will never be fights or war. Also social stability can good for the economy for instance; the children learn to hate books and nature and desire only to engage in consumerism thus supporting the economy. The Government exerts total control over every aspect of its citizens lives. Losing your individuality for the sake of the stability of the masses. Individualism is not possible because of the style of government seen in Brave New World. Social stability is the end goal of all societies, the Brave New World was stable but at a great cost to its citizens. This book
In 1961, the United States of America was struggling to fight communism internationally and protect its people from negative outside forces. Along with these complications, there were struggles with racial and social inequalities. The country was on the brink of its breaking point, needing a resilient and reassuring leader; President John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural speech, offered the people of the United States the reassurance they desired. A hortatory tone was used by the president to deliver and convey a sense of inspiration to a country whose people needed it greatly. Kennedy applied interpersonal diction and the meticulous use of aphorisms to unceasingly inspire the citizens of America to unite and serve their country, and the world,
When you are in love you naturally have the desire of wanting to do things, anything, for the other person to make them happy. And usually, you do. But, for some people, the perpetuity of having things done for them is not as appealing as it once was. And now you are feeling useless because the person you love does not want what you have to offer anymore. You are feeling helpless because you cannot do anything about it, you can only watch the love they have for you turn into a yearning for something new. In Richard Siken’s poem “Seaside Improvisation”, the speaker experiences these feelings. He realizes that his companion no longer has the same desire anymore. Although, he knew something like this would happen he still feels that he can do nothing more other than surrender. The poem uses visual literary devices such as imagery and symbolism, as well as tone, to
Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the significance of individuals attempt to live unconstrained by conventions or circumstances.
The United States of America has a rich history filled with success, failure, courage, and drive. Millions have come seeking the “American Dream” and to live in the land of the free. The past is what has shaped this nation’s present and future. Yet, as time drifts, the world around us changes. What was once deemed acceptable can now seem outdated in today’s society. The recent 2016 Election was controversial and showcased just how divide our nation has become. The results of the election surprised many who believed there was no possible way Donald Trump would be elected president. This unraveled tension was met with uproar and confusion. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote whereas Donald Trump won the electoral vote, thus making him the President-elect
Anyone in the world with an occasional source of internet has no choice but to see the seemingly outrageous news stories, posted weekly on events in the US. American’s have made their distrust in the government more than obvious, which in many cases, the government has provoked. The largest debate in the states today is the with the concept of freedom and where the lines are drawn between social security, equality, and one’s rights. Freedom is and always has been heavily emphasized in the development of the 50 states. It’s brought peace and war both figuratively and literally. At a moment when America should be more equal and free than ever, why do so many citizens feel their freedom is being threatened? Freedom of speech is a
Many words are associated with the word “rebellion.” These words may include “disobedience,” “anarchy,” “instability,” or “teenagers.” A word that should be included in that group is “justified.” Throughout history, people have often been deprived of the rights and freedoms that they deserve as citizens. Some may say that the most effective way to become free of oppression is in the form of insubordination or an uprising. Rebellion against government is justified only if the people of a nation are being deprived of their natural rights to live and better their lives. This has been the case in many revolutions in history, including the French and American Revolutions. Rebellion is not always justified, but can be
“Most dystopian, classic and contemporary, paints a future world that puts a twist on present society - a future world that could plausibly happen” -Lauren DeStefano. Throughout the short story of Harrison Bergeron, the film A.I and the short story The Veldt, many themes of dystopian futures are explored. Firstly, Harrison Bergeron is about a dystopian future where everyone losses their individuality. Secondly, in A.I. humans ability to have empathy is blurred or lost. Finally, in The Veldt the advancements in technology has led to a loss in people having personal relationships. Throughout Harrison Bergeron, A.I and The Veldt different fictional societies with potential; dangers to society is revealed.
Every society has predetermined circumstances in which people will follow. Many go about their lives following the crowd and do not challenge the existing state of affairs. However, some become irritated with the conditions of the society they reside in. They gradually think different, become defiant, and finally attempt to enact change or literally escape to a different environment. Throughout history, many people rose above the status quo and were able to create everlasting change, like Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. Then again, many others would reside in the shadows of a society they came to reject. Some might even attempt to conform to no avail and end up an outcast, by their own choice. For instance, in Ralph Ellison’s
In the story Anthem by Ayn Rand, there is a society where freedom and individuality is nonexistent. In this setting, each individual exists only to serve the state. This philosophy is known as collectivism. Due to collectivism, a global dictatorship has been established.
has lead to negative outcomes. This idea is explored through “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden. In these two texts conformity eliminates individuality and causes the society to be weakened.