Analysis Of ' Grandma 's House '

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The struggle to conform to both a particular social group and society as a whole has been a problem throughout the course of history. The pressure to conform has led people to completely change who they are and what they believe in. People who feel this pressure have been known to terminate friendships with people who are not in the particular social that they wish to conform to and become an all-around different person. This can include changing the way that they dress, the foods that they eat or the way that they act. In Gary Soto’s Behind Grandma’s House the main character is a clear example of this. The main character is not only trying to conform to a new social group but is also doing so against the wishes of his family. Conforming is always difficult but it can be made even more difficult but, as illustrated in Soto’s poem, if the familial support is not present where it should be. Why do people insist on conforming to others and changing who they are to do so? Part of the definition of who we are as human beings comes in the differences between one person and another. Especially in today’s world, we are in need of people with strong leadership qualities who do not depend on others to guide their thoughts and actions and tell them what to do and when to do it. Dylan Charles writes, “The broad message to young people nowadays is to conform and submit to norms and phony authority rather than to develop personal integrity, personal liberty and true happiness.”
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