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Conformity is an individual changing according to certain standards In the movie Fame directed by Alan Parker and the book Catcher in the Rye by JD Salanger the pressure to conform is ever present Teenagers in high school face the most pressure to conform this pressure comes from different forces including parents teachers and their peers An example of such pressure is when Doriss mother wants Doris to conform to the way she wanted her to be This is evident when Mrs Finsecker tries to force Doris to become a singer even though Doris cannot and does not want to sing Mrs Finsecker also wants Doris to stay young and innocent This can be seen when Mrs Finsecker makes Doris wear the little pink dress for the birthday party and gets mad when Doris stays out all night with Ralph This pressure to push for conformity can also be found in Holdens parents They want Holden to stay in school and to get and education which Holden himself doesnt really want to do but his parents keep sending him to different schools even after he keeps getting kicked out Parents try to influence the way their children think Another group that puts pressure on teenagers to be a certain way is teachers An example is when Mrs Sherwood comments on the way Leroy talks Mrs Sherwood is trying to get Leroy to conform to the way the other students talk Mr Spencer tries to conform Holdens way of thinking by telling him about how he should not be failing classes and about thinking for his future The music teacher tries to get Bruno to conform to the regular way of playing the piano like everyone else not by using the synthesizers One of the biggest forms of conformity comes from ones peers For example at Pency Prep all the students go to the football game because you were supposed to commit suicide or something if
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