scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 820
Conformity perhaps the most cumbersome of all social pressures appears many times throughout Literature For instance in Nathaniel Hawthornes 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 Jacksons 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 would otherwise be very much like any of us repeatedly engage in a barbaric custom with conforming to an age old tradition being the only reasoning for their actions In The Yellow Wallpaper conformity drives the main character into madness as she goes against her better judgment to adhere to the protocol prescribed by her husband What gives conformity its tremendous strength To answer that question let us delve further into this timeless issue that continues to plague society with an analysis of its significance in the aforementioned literary works In Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown we see conformity compel Young Goodman to participate in a satanic pagan coven where the participants are all his neighbors and friends The participation of all his closest associations is of tremendous significance Never was the magnitude of his fellow mens shared engagement in this evil endeavor made more clear than it was by the statement Depending upon one anothers hearts ye had still hoped that virtue were not a dream pgs 306 307 This statement demonstrates mans nature to measure his morality and even worth in comparison to his fellow man This is not an accurate method of evaluation for our morality or worth as we well know We all however have been guilty of making these sorts of excuses for ourselves and even accepting them as reasons to forgive ourselves and cast away our own guilt The fact that Young Goodman Brown did in fact depend on the
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA