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Conformity can be defined as an action or behavior in correspondence with socially accepted standards conventions rules or laws Thus we are all conformists in a sense So I pose this question to you Is it possible to be an individual whilst thinking independently and still conform The answer No You can try to be to be your own unique self as much and as often as feel necessary But you shall not succeed To my knowledge there were really only two individuals in history and these are Jesus and Aristotle But they were seen as insane fools in their times So why do we want to be individuals anyway However many people nowadays conform without realizing it An example of this is shown in the novel The Wave and the movie The Dead Poets Society through various techniques The Wave is a story of a schoolgirl experiencing her classmates change from normal teenagers into chanting saluting fanatics when a classroom experiment goes horribly wrong Laurie is opposed to The Wave and goes against the crowd where she does not join in with the craze She is standing up for her own beliefs in what she thinks is right in comparison to the majority of the other students who do what others do simply for acceptance Despite this fact she is still conforming to the so called non conformists who are against The Wave therefore she is still conforming On the other hand Dead Poets Society explores the conflict between freedom and conformity as these contrasting ideals are presented to the students It is about an inspirational unconventional English teacher Mr Keating and his students at the best prep school in America and how he challenges them to question conventional views by such techniques as standing on their desks Keating wants them to become free-thinkers but he is in a way contradicting himself as he forces his own beliefs and philosophy onto the
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