The society we live in functions as a whole so conforming is essential in our lives as human beings. If we are scared and don't know what to do, we will often follow the steps of others so that we can be accepted and feel safe. Conformity is the result of people being pressured to fit in. There is a fine line between conforming and becoming an individual. Unfortunately, becoming an individual in certain situations can have bad consequences. Individuality makes you stand out from the crowd and can leave you feeling isolated. In Phillip Gwynne’s ‘Deadly Unna?’, conformity and the individual is shown through the main character Gary Black, other wise known as ‘Blacky’. In the book we discover how Blacky changes from being a conformist to becoming …show more content…
His father wakes up and when he finds Blacky in the shed he is extremely angry. Blacky’s siblings are woken by the sound of their father yelling at Blacky and come out to see what is going on. When asked to put back the paint by his father, Blacky replies with “I can’t” and tries to walk passed him but is stopped when he is hit by his dad. All of a sudden the car starts rolling down the driveway and Blacky’s father starts running after it and then collides with a pole and is knocked unconscious. He is put into bed and Blacky and his siblings decide to go down to the jetty to cover up the graffiti. He now knows how to make a stand and has gotten his brothers and sisters to do so as well. After Blacky and his siblings have painted over the graffiti, the novel ends with him being at peace with himself and is prepared to face the problems that will come in the morning. To become an individual you must be courageous and step outside your comfort zone which is why in the ‘Mean Girls’ movie poster Caty is separated from the other girls. The orientation of the title ‘Mean Girls’ is sideways and placed next to Caty like a physical barrier between her and the plastics. Caty is also standing in the foreground while the others are in the background so it has a bigger impact. In conclusion, the novel ‘Deadly Unna?’ and the ‘Mean Girls’ movie poster both explore conforming and becoming an individual. We learn that there are both good and bad consequences for conforming or becoming making the courageous decision to become an
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Of Aristotle’s three rhetorical appeals, the author of “Individuality vs. Conformity: The Healthy Middle?” uses pathos most effectively to get the reader to relate to her argument. In the informative essay, “Individuality vs. Conformity: The Healthy Middle?” the writer focuses on how everyone wants to be different and similar to everyone else at the same time; however, there is a way to do so and everyone should try. The writer supports her own opinion by highlighting the fact that people are different and she gives the readers 4 examples of individuality, but again teens want to have the same mindset and goals as others. The authors’ purpose is to convince her readers to find the healthy middle of being a conformist and being an individual
Courtney Foster Professor Arneson ENG-105 October 5, 2015 Harrison Bergeron vs. Mean Girls Movie We all know what conformity is right? It’t not always something people speak very highly of, and certainly never seen as a really good thing. The dystopian society in Harrison Bergeron and the high school society in Mean Girls don’t particularly see it that way at all. Harrison Bergeron story implies it believe conformity is the best thing for people. Mean Girls shows the opposite, that conformity is more of a personal preference for people who don’t have their own ideas.
In American culture, working long, tiring hours is considered the only way to live. Many individuals feel pressured to follow the path society has set out for them. Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom, chronicles Ken Illgunas’ journey to self efficacy. His 2013 memoir follows his grapple with student debt and social pressure.
In life, people have created conformities that people follow to keep everyone safe. For example, the world has laws that most people follow to avoid
Mattie finds herself fatally injured after falling down a snake infested hole. Rooster hears Mattie's shouts for help and finds her. He tosses a rope down the pit and pulls Mattie up then throws her onto Little Blackie, her pony, and races them back to the closest hospital. Mattie was in and out of consciousness the whole ride home and Rooster does all he can to take care of her. They ride Blackie for hours on end giving the pony no breaks, in result the poor animal’s body gives out.
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.
People can be easily influenced by others to be something that they are not. They tend to adhere to societal norms to fit in rather than being true to their own identity. Leslie Bell, author of “Selections from Hard to Get: Twenty- Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom,” speaks about how women are perplexed about the role they should play in a relationship because society and loved ones give two contradicting ideas on how they should behave. Similarly, Susan Faludi presents how society’s perception of cadets are different from reality in “The Naked Citadel,” as men at the Citadel attempt to validate their masculinity by degrading the underclassmen through physical abuse and gender swapping practices.
In the world, society has set standards most people follow. They must dress, act, and look a certain way for them to be accepted by others. Several do not understand that they are being conformed to be someone who they are not. Some movies challenge others to look beyond the standards of society. For example, in movie “Dead Poets Society”, Mr. Keating 's teaches his students to form their own ideas and opinions.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. As an overweight son of divorced parents, the protagonist Angus Bethune hardly meets his classmates definition of “normal”. Yet the theme of Chris Cruther (the author) of the short story “A Brief moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” focuses on the damage the standard of “normality” can inflict and extols self-acceptance as a liberating force. In the short story, “A Brief moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” written by Chris Cruther, one theme that is present is that, it's okay to be different and / or “not normal”. First off, Angus is a very smart and athletic kid, He plays football for his school and is very good at it.
But also in other stories, conformity plays a huge role like in The pedestrian. Here is an example of this. In the story, it states “Walking, just walking, walking?” This shows conformity because he is being questioned about doing something different than others and ends up being sent away for just doing something different. But in the end, I wonder why nobody questions conformity in these stories and just goes with it.
Conformity is present in every group situation with adolescents. Adolescents are always looking to be a part of a group, usually conforming to the standards of the group. Adolescents often conform because they want to have the approval of the peers that are well liked or “popular”. A great example of adolescents and conformity is in the chick flick ‘Mean Girls’ through the different cliques in high school and how it affects the peers themselves. Caty, the main character, is faced with several difficult situations where she decides to conform with her high school peers getting her in trouble that becomes hard for her to escape.
The other point of this paper is how society changes you. If you are rich and you don’t look like it you wear off brand clothes then society will change you when you get with the right group. If you stay with the group of friends that you have been with then you will be fine. If you want to let society change you then go ahead but always remember if you judge someone without getting to know them then you are dead to
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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.
In high school, the pressure to fit in with the crowd often overshadows the need for individuality; however, the protagonist in “Initiation” discovers that staying true to herself is what would make her happier when given the option to join a high school sorority, and this is seen as the theme of the story. As Millicent goes through the initiation process, she learns about the strength of herself by completing the tasks, her ability to connect with different people and her need for originality. For instance, her sister Beverly ordered her around and was generally rude to her, yet Millicent continued to follow her commands although, “rebellion flooded through her.” Furthermore, the task assigned to her of going around a bus and asking strangers