The Consequences of Breaking Standards

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Human behavior is often based of the laws and expectations set by community surrounding them. Breaking these norms results in many arrays of emotions. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and The Help by Kathryn Stockett all exemplify the consequences of breaking standards in societies with set norms to uphold. The various authors have crafted societies that behave in distinct manners, and classify people as either normal, or abnormal. These works show that breaking societal standards, familial standards, and ones own standards sprouts disaster, and in serious cases, leads to the demise of characters. Breaking societal standards in societies led by prejudice is like a double-edged sword. You may be standing up for your beliefs, but there will be negative consequences. In to kill a Mockingbird, Calpurnia wields the sword. Calpurnia ignored the standards set by both the white and black community that one community cannot interact in a friendly manner with the opposing community. The moment she brought Scout and Jem to her church, she almost instantly received negativity. One sees this when Lula says, “You ain’t got no business bringin‘ white chillun here—they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal?” (Lee 119). Simply breaking the standard that one cannot interact with a person of the opposite color resulted in negativity from another. Many people were welcoming, however Lula was not, similarly a white
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