The Problems of Individuallity and Conformity Within a Society
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America is a country where people come to be free from persecution and express their thoughts and opinions. This founding principle led American society to pull away from conformity and pushes for individuality. Many family TV shows and several media outlets propagate individuality as a source of pride and evidence of personal growth. In the American society, children are taught at a young age that individuality creates personality. However, as an individual grows, they are forced to choice sides on issues, thus placing them in a position where they must choose to either conform or rebel within their given society. While conformity in the American society plays a structural role by promoting individuality and stimulating growth, and is…show more content… In a society, structure is needed to accomplish everyday tasks by workers. Conformity is also needed to follow community laws. Laws are created to establish structure and order in a society as too much individuality may leads to anarchy. In the film The Crucible, the townspeople believed that banning dancing will lead to the safety and wellbeing of the women. They created this law or social code of conduct to help keep the young women pure and humble in their town. While this law is limiting the freedom of women, based on the town’s religious beliefs, it is a law fitting for their society. Their society consisted of a group of close knitted people who seemed to have similar thoughts and actions that allowed them to reach a conclusion that would benefit their society.
On the other hand, too much conformity within a society leads to citizens blindly following other people’s opinions, losing self-thought, and conforming to unjust laws and traditions. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sherburn say, “the pitifulest thing out is a mob; that's what an army is—a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their masses, and their officers” (Twain 142). This remarkable statement illuminates the destructive nature of conformity and blind faith. The wicked thoughts and biased judgments of the minority are used as a blinding cloak amongst the herd, leading to malicious