Conformity In The Giver

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In life, people face the pressures of conformity in their everyday lives from school, to just going shopping for clothing. Throughout literature, protagonists face the pressures of conformity in their lives no matter the age of the character. Both The Giver by Lois Lowry and Number Twelve looks just like You by John Tomerlin deal with pressures of conformity, but they do so in different ways. Both texts are similar because both protagonists want or try to escape the conformity that is within their communities. “In Number Twelve looks just like You”, Marilyn knows that conformity in her community is wrong. Marilyn says to Valerie, “It’s wrong Valerie. How will you know me? I mean, how will anyone know me? I don’t want to look like everyone else. I want to look like me. And I’m not going to let them change me”(4). This quote shows that Marilyn is trying to prove her point that the conformity is wrong and she shouldn’t have to face conformity in her life and that she does not want to face the conformity any longer. In The Giver, Jonas decides not to take the pill because he knows that it is not something that needs to be done and it is just making everyone feel and think the same. “The next morning, for the first time, Jonas did not take his pill. Something within him, something that had grown there through the memories, told him to throw the pill away”(129). This quote demonstrates the pressures of conformity because Jonas feels that he is under pressure to do everything …show more content…

They are similar because both of the protagonists are trying to rebel against the conformity that is endorsed upon the communities. They are also different because the protagonists handle their protests in very different ways. This is why both texts are similar and

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