SAE Synthesis Argument: Conformity and Rebellion
Without idiosyncrasies in today’s society, the world would be brimming with a myriad amount of followers with very few luminaries. Because of society’s growing population of diversity, more and more people are becoming mentors, dignitaries, and pioneers of the world. However, the mass influx of multiplicity is not the result of population growth, but rather, the result of individuals knowing that it is their obligation to rebel and to help improve society. From his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Martin Luther King states, “I believe that even amid today’s motor bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow.” (10) This quote simply states that there are always opportunities for society to develop. The truth is that most individuals are just merely afraid to rebel and contribute their ideas due to the possible chagrin and harassment they could receive. The poem, “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, reveals that people hide their thoughts to avoid being tortured by others. However, in the book Fahrenheit 451 when the main character, Guy Montag, desperately tries to resolve his own marital problems and figure out how his dystopian society came to be, he discovers that by rebelling and breaking the law, he understands how he can help rebuild and fix his society after a devastating nuclear bomb decimates the city he used to live in. Therefore, individuals are justified in breaking societal laws and norms if they are bettering the lives of others and benefitting society. To begin with, the necessity to rebel has resided within the human being since the beginning of mankind. People are born curious, wanting to know how things work, why things work, and what causes these things to work. For instance, as Captain Beatty of the fire department in Fahrenheit 451 states, “At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch.” (59) The significance of this statement truly undermines the...
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