Sociological Imagination In The Martian

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Throughout the field of Sociology, Sociological imagination is a very important tool, not only for the sociologists, but also for individuals. It provides a deep understanding of the relationship an individual has with the rest of the society. It links people in different social statuses to fully comprehend the circumstances surrounding their everyday conflicts, personal or otherwise. In the Martian, a novel written by Andrew Weir, it portrays an astronaut left behind by his teammates in Mars, another planet far from earth. Surprisingly, Mark, the protagonist, did not panic, wallow, or curse his teammates for leaving him behind. He analyzed his situation level-headedly and evaluated the courses he could take to survive, despite how foreign this mars is to him (8). Norms, a subject that sociologists explore, establishes the standards for which people follow to maintain an amiable and functioning society. When delved deeper, norms are divided into folkways and mores. Folkways are requested, but not required, whereas, mores are demanded rules that must be followed, or the consequences will be devastating to the society. After being left behind in Mars, Mark did not blame the team for abandoning him because he knew the protocol to be followed if events liked his occurred. The protocol was a demand, a law, because, it was set to face the misfortune if…show more content…
For instance, we brush our teeth before bed, get cleaned up before school, etc. We interact with people, and socialize because it’s part of daily life. Despite Mark’s situation, stranded in Mars of all places, he writes a journal as if he is interacting with people. His logs are not only interactive, but also humorous, which indicated the socializations that he was accustomed to have and perhaps missing, yet he consoled himself through his logs and TV shows to let go of his frustrations (overall idea of the
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