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  • Conformity In The Sinclair Lewis Novel Babbitt
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    Babbitt: Conformity In the Sinclair Lewis novel Babbitt, the character of Babbitt is completely controlled by the power of conformity. Conformity is so powerful that even after babbitt realizes the stifling nature of the society in which he lives he is powerless to change his fate as a member of conformist society. George F. Babbitt is a man who is completely controlled by the conformist society in which he lives. Pressure to conform lies in all aspects of Babbitt's life. Relationships, family, ...
  • Conformity
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    Conformity, perhaps the most cumbersome of all social pressures, appears many times throughout Literature. For instance, in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown, the element of conformity appears, as an excuse for the main character to engage in conduct that he realizes is wrong. In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, conformity appears in a very different aspect. In this story, we venture into a seemingly average village to learn how the pressure to conform can be so powerful that people, who w...
  • Group Conformity At My Peers Level
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    Conforming to Role Model Status Growing up in a small town had its benefits. Everyone knows who you are, friends and family are real close. Life is good. But, with the community being so small you have to watch what you do and say because it gets around. Your everyday life is influenced by one group: your community. Your everyday decisions are affected by your community. I was forced to conform to the status quo. Any deviation from that would result in my being shunned for life. Once I attained ...
  • Babbit Dreams
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    Society's Influence on the American Dream " Do as most do, and men will speak well of thee. ' [Thomas Fuller (1654-1734): Gnomologia] Men have a dream to improve their lives and better their social status but each man does not realize that he pursues this dream in hopes of pleasing others and not for his own well being. Fuller's quotation demonstrates that people find success and social mobility if they act and do what others want them to do. The American dream of success and happiness can not b...
  • Example Of Non Conformity And Optimism
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    Transcendentalism Today Transcendentalism is a philosophy that declares the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and hypothetical beliefs. It focuses on non-conformity, optimism and passive civil disobedience. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were models of these ideas. They focused on the fact that you should do something because it feels right to you not because its what everyone else is doing. Emerson believed that optimism exercised with confidence if the ...
  • Cases Of Blind Conformity
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    Blind Conformity In The Crucible Essay, Research Blind Conformity In The Crucible Crucible Essay – Blind Conformity Blind conformity to mass thought is an issue that greatly affected the events of the Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible. The tendency of the townspeople to conform blindly may have come from their religion. Puritanism did not encourage individuality, and anyone who was "different' was looked down upon. Also, the fear of the devil was blinding, and no one wanted to risk having...

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