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Fear of Humiliation leads to conformity Fear of humiliation leads to conformity People agree with others because they fear ridicule or being isolated from the crowd They fear the idea of not being a part of the whole They fear isolation or worse being ostracized by the group Most people usually have an innate desire to fit in with a group Consequently they follow others not because they comply with what the majority is doing but because they want to be a part of the powerful majority not the weaker minority Still those that resolve not to conform still have to deal with the conflict of going against the majority Examples of this idea are in the short stories My Man Bovanne by Toni Bambara Salvation by Langston Hughes and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro In My Man Bovanne Toni Bambara recounts a story of how a woman Hazel overcomes the humiliation that people try to force on her She resists the congruity of her community by dancing with and showing a blind man Bovanne a good time The people in her community have conformed to the idea that the blind man is a vagrant They once held Bovanne in high regard but when he became blind instead of them taking care of him they just started to ignore him Thus the people labeled her as an outcast because she chose to take care of him Hazel does not worry about conformity and believes that people should just be themselves In her eyes the blind man is the same as he was before he became blind Her family and the people in the community did not approve of her relationship with Bovanne They jumped to conclusions and resolved that she had an underlying reason to care for him other than just camaraderie When challenged by her family she stands up for Bovanne which shows courage on her part It is one thing
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