The Idea Of Conformity Vs. Non Conformity Emerges

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The idea of conformity vs. non-conformity emerges in the American issue for generations as the opposing views on this concept exemplify diverse consequences in choosing which path to follow. In the genre of one’s journey west toward self-discovery, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, written in April 1951 illustrates the journey of him and his friend’s across America in the post war beat generation, as they counteracted the societal norms of that time in order to discover his own true individuality. Similarly, individuality emerges strongly in the essay Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson written in 1841 to portray the necessity of relying on oneself for knowledge and guidance in order to re- discover a true identity. Contrasting, the concept of opposing the majority reveals dangers exemplified in The Ministers Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne written in the 18th century to a Puritan society. Emerson and Kerouac embrace the idea of individuality and self-reliance while Hawthorne explores the dangers of non-conformity in order to exemplify both views on this American issue. Emerson and Kerouac stress the necessity of relying on oneself for knowledge and guidance in order to stay true to ones own instincts to illustrate the shaping of oneself as an individual. In Kerouac’s On the Road, Sal digresses from Dean as he transforms to be concerning only with himself. This emerges in the book when Sal’s attitude toward Dean transforms as he has found himself, to not be a…
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