The Destructive Effects Of The Imposition Of Conformity On Individuality

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The destructive effect of the imposition of conformity on individuality in 1960s’ America The 1960s was America’s golden era. America had emerged the dominant super power out of World War 2; idolized around the world it allowed for the creation of the famous ethos: the American Dream - the ideal by which America was seen as the land of equality and opportunity, where anyone was allowed to achieve his or her highest aspirations and goals. However despite the dream, American society would not allow for certain aspirations to be achieved, as gender roles were very rigid. Women typically were expected to be housewives; even with the early start of the feminist movement the gender path for women was still mostly unchanged. With the rise of corporate America, men on the other hand were expected to have very routine and mundane work choices; whether in the offices, or in the booming factories. 1960s’ American society was a society heavily dominated with unspoken guidelines and gender expectations which allowed for the settings of the novels: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, written by Ken Kesey, and the novel: The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath. Both address the idea of conformity and society in post war America. Specifically the narrators of both novels either fail to conform to societal expectations or simply find it unfulfilling. Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is narrated by Chief Bromden: a Native American. The Chief along with the protagonist Randle

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