It is a well-known fact that belonging to a group can make an individual feel not only accepted, but more powerful that if they were on their own. Whether it is a community, youth group or even religion, belonging is an everyday occurrence of like that many of us do not even realise. Belonging to a group is more influential than belonging to an individual. We can see this in the texts The Crucible by Arthur Miller, 1984 by George Orwell and the listening task. Belonging to a group can give you a feeling of acceptance, but also can help you not to be targeted or marginalised. Also, people who appear to belong to groups, when looked at closer, in truth do not belong. Belonging to a group can also give you more power as a whole, rather than as an individual. Belonging to a group can give you a feeling of acceptance, but also can help you not to be targeted or marginalised. This is due to the fact that belonging to a group doesn’t make you stand out and be challenged, and other people around you who share the same beliefs creates a feeling of acceptance and belonging. The more people who may believe something or conform to a social activity may help to persuade outsiders that this activity or belief is normal or even right. This is shown time and time again in The Crucible. One example is the conviction of others in the witch hunt. Even right at the beginning of the play it is established that people who want to belong to society will lie their way out of being marginalised. This can be seen when Parris says to Abigail in act 1 “Then you were conjuring spirits last night then” to which Abigail responds “Not I Sir, not I. –Tituba and Ruth.” We can see here that as soon as the blame comes onto Abigail, she is quick to blame others to draw the spotlight away from herself, so she still fits socially into the village. We can also see in 1984 that big brother, even though never seen, uses his totalitarianism rule to gain power again Goldstein through his...
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