In order for Willy to be a successful father, he needs to feel that his kids are respected and accomplished. However this shows that Willy is such an outsider, because Biff is quite the opposite, as the Bill Oliver that is references has no idea who Biff is. Another example that shows how Willy’s goals and dreams turn him into a misfit is when he asks for a promotion “ Well, tell you the truth, Howard. I’ve come to the decision that I’d rather not travel anymore.” ( Miller 59).
Social Conformity in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest “He Who Marches Out Of Step Hears Another Drum” (Kesey 154). In this modern world, to come to terms with society is to conform to its standards. A society regularly scrutinizes people who do not fit the common mold of norms. Consequently, forcing people to follow a societal norm is detrimental to the health of the mind and body. This struggle between conformers and nonconformers creates a schism in a society that causes a great disparity in ideals.
Conformity and Nonconformity in Society Many societies try their hardest to ensure the total conformity of their citizens, whether it be through incentives or by creating fear. However, it rarely succeeds, as there are always a few who don’t conform to the unspoken societal rules that have been set. When this happens, societies usually try to assimilate the nonconforming and place them into their fitting roles in society, with this being a main concept of Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Charles Dudley Warner once said, “We are half ruined by conformity, but we should be wholly ruined without it”. In today’s society, many tend to question their role in civilization, and what contribution it radiates throughout the world. Society as a whole has both its positives and negatives, but overall, many recognize that society and its expectations creates many constraints, forcing people to conform to a reality that has thus been created for them. Whether these conformities are considered “in the right” is essentially up to the person themselves, and whether they continue to follow through with these actions that place them under such a notional societal umbrella. Ultimately, people will do what is necessary to feel that they have a
While Linda enabled him, Willy could not help himself too keep ruining the good opportunities he had and turning them into some factious reality. At Willy`s funeral Biff comes to the realization that his father had all the wrong dreams and visions of success. Willy`s only dream was the fake “American Dream” that people believe will happen overnight. Willy`s failed attempts and happiness bonded into one and played a part into him creating this false reality and persona that he was the best salesman and that he was well loved by everyone around him.
In Society, people have a need for acceptance. Social needs are usually met among particular groups, this will make us prone to conform and or obey to norms or behaviors. Both conformity and obedience are necessary for the well-being of the society in which we live. In some instances obedience and conformity can become dangerous; especially under the requests of individual’s with selfish interests or ideas such as Adolfo Hitler and religious leaders as Jim Jones. Additionally, peer pressure can coerce individuals to make them bend their moral values, laws, or distort their beliefs, (Baumeister & Bushman,
This cancelled his plans to be a collegiate football player. Ever since then, things have kept going on a downhill path for Biff. Willy and Linda both notice this and it devastates them. But, instead of helping his son, Willy becomes agitated for the rest of his life. He expected his son to be better but, Biff did not want to be better.
Willy 's life rotates around his endeavor to overlook his affair with the woman, while Happy 's life spins around a dynamic objective for issues with numerous ladies. At the point when Happy was in high school, Willy didn 't give careful consideration to him as he did to Biff. In Willy 's eyes, Happy wasn 't sufficient. Along these lines, Happy was continually attempting to satisfy him. He would rehearse such remarks as "I 'm losing weight, you notice, Pop?
Biff wants to retake the class in the summer but when he catches his father having an affair his perception of his father, his biggest role model, is shattered causing him to give up on the things he used to want to do. Willy represses this memory entirely and tries to blame others for Biffs behavior instead of himself. Willy also fools himself into thinking he is well liked and successful. In small moments of clarity Willy admits that people have made fun of his physique and no one talks to him anymore when he goes
Conformity is generally seen in a undesirable light as it is linked with the inability to maintain a sense of self, which includes personal beliefs and opinions. However, in some cases, conformity is necessary and it is something that has to be performed. Everyone conforms to education and the curriculum that is set as do people conform when it comes to cultures and the act of being respectful, there are cultures, ‘highly advanced as well as primitive ones, that produce conformity for long periods of history’ (Tillich, 1957). Conclusion -Conformity is a result of social influence and pressure -It is not always negative and can be the foundation of many cultures
The economic circumstances and postwar period around the 1940s created a mentality shift with the American people. Americans began to live in a society where life and success had a different meaning. As a result this changed citizens’ personalities and attitudes toward life. Actually the “Introduction” stated that within this period “conflicts between conformity and individuality, tradition and innovation, stability and disruption characterized the literature of the period as they also shaped the historical and cultural milieu” (Baym 7). This is further displayed through the literature at that time.
In today’s society, the public is commonly influenced by something, whether its friends, social media, or even television. We are all looking to be accepted one way or another, and to gain that acceptance we are willing to comply to be acknowledged or welcomed into a group. Human beings are peer pressured to conform to certain types of behavior in fear of being rejected by their group. When in a group, there are expectations one must meet and obey, so as to not be rejected, some expectations can vary from what type of music you listen to, or even as to what clothing store you should buy your clothes at. The influence people can have over you can vary from moderate to severe (Social Psychology, 2013).