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People long to be accepted by a group throughout life This acceptance gives the assurance of support and comfort from others who are alike People in such groups have set beliefs which cause them to be ignorant towards differences in their surroundings The strength in organizations provokes fear in those who want to express their individual differences Those wanting to be different are afraid of the judgmental ridicule they will face from their fellow group members In the story The Shining Houses the author Alice Munro develops the idea that conformity causes people to respond to individual differences with ignorant judgments The threat of these convictions causes members of groups to fear revealing their individual variations Affiliating with a group bestows people with encouragement friendship and comfort as long as the affiliate continues to have the same conceptions as the rest of the group The members of the new subdivision are a tight group Since they are mostly young families and many aspects of their life are not sorted out yet pg1 their need to belong to the community is great The members all have similar houses that look calmly out at each other all the way down the street pg4 There is evidence of comfort in their conformed lifestyle Not only are their houses and lifestyles alike but so is there opinion on what to do about Mrs Fullertons house Mrs Fullerton is an old lady who lives in and old house According to the new communitys views her house is ruining the appearance and market value of the new houses Houses this old should not be possible on these streets pg4 because they appear savagery in their disorderpg4 according to the groups views The group has an unpleasant opinion of Mrs Fullertons house and of Mrs Fullerton herself They think that she isnt exactly a charming old lady pg7 because almost spit in someones face when asked to baby-sit Men in the
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