Conformity : The Power Of Individuality In Society

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Even today, we face more pressure to conform in our society and less incentive to express our individuality. We are expected to dress and act in a specific matter and pursue a certain career based off of our income level. Our situation along with the conditions of living for women at the time of Murray’s writing reinforce the idea that individuality is a significantly powerful ability that those in power attempt to strip away. People may dread the thought of a “super-powered” society in which everyone retains the power of individuality. Creating a business, driving an industry, and prospering extraordinarily financially all require individuality. The force of personality that comes with individuality can also be used to establish…show more content…
In his words, “A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if every thing were titular and ephemeral but he." If someone is prohibited from pursuing individuality by being his or herself in a group of people, then he or she is actually damaging his or herself by being present in that group of people. Furthermore, regardless of whether or not people are comfortable with it, pointing out injustices that most tolerate or even accept is necessary to create appropriate change. Essentially, America was created through a will to fight for one’s individuality. The American Revolution began because of a lack of representation in Parliament and America’s will for freedom from the oppression of Britain. Authors Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine, in particular, possessed the confidence necessary to point out how inevitable breaking away from Great Britain was. Such a confidence could not have been generated within Henry unless he possessed the self-reliance that Emerson wrote on that could stand strong in crowds of opposing beliefs. Patrick Henry, in his writing, expressed his message of "give me liberty or give me death" without restraint. He exemplified, in his words, the necessity of speaking "forth [one’s] sentiments freely, and without reserve" in a dire situation despite opposing opinions. He managed to create an effective argument with an astoundingly skillful usage of logos, ethos, and pathos and truly communicated the urgency of the situation
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