Hypocrisy Creates the Deception of Selfish Individualism within Society

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Hypocrisy creates the deception of selfish individualism within society Our society has been involved with hypocrisy right from the very beginning of human kind. Through the texts The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Power of One directed by John G. Avildsen and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe shows how hypocrisy has created the deception of selfish individualism within society. Each author and director has skilfully portrayed how an individual’s human nature can effects their decision, which leads on to show us how hypocrisy had impacted their society.

How does human nature effect an individual’s decision?
“Human nature is the basis of character, the temperament and disposition; it is that indestructible matrix upon which the character is built, and whose shape it must take and keep throughout life.” The sayings “do your own thing” and “every man for himself” has given people the idea and concept that it is alright to put your own needs before others. This then creates selfish individualism within human nature. Think about this, if the nature of human beings was actually overall caring, we wouldn’t be here right now. Since the beginning of the human race, right at the start of Adam and Eve has shown to us that we as humans would put ourselves over other peoples’ needs. If Adam and Eve were really perfect and selfless, sin would not have come about. Eve wouldn’t have been deceived by the serpent. If Eve took a step back and looked at the bigger picture instead of what she could benefit from it, she would realise that her actions not only involved herself but the rest of the human race. Instead of owning up to their mistakes, Adam and Eve both blamed others’ for their own actions, it shows to us that we live in a world that has nurtured selfish individualism. The attribute of betrayal and extortion shown in The Departed is a concept that is strongly associated with selfish individualism. The idea of extortion is portrayed through the mob syndicate which is run by Frank Costello. Greed and selfish behaviours shown in the film reinforces the saying “every man for himself”, as they are prepared to do whatever it takes to obtain what they want and when their lives are at risk, selfish individualism arises and protecting oneself becomes crucial, as Colin Sullivan was prepared to betray and kill off someone to prevent the risk of his real identity being revealed. Colin wasn’t even slightly thankful that another man who was on the same side as him took a risk to save him, but instead all that came into his mind was what if that man becomes his new source of weakness, the one person that could potentially reveal his true identity. He was selfish by nature and showed no consideration to anyone else as he pushed past others in order to get what he wanted. It shows to us how cold-hearted and selfish Colin really is and how his character significantly influenced his decision to kill. Many people in this world are becoming more like Colin to the point they don’t realise and aren’t conscious of their own selfish actions and sooner or later it becomes a habit, where a habit shapes your character of who you are. Rob Gilbert once said, “First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.”

Harper Lee portrays hypocrisy of the adult world through Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird when Cal took them to her church where Lula says, “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here, they go their church, we got our’n.” Lula’s reason for not wanting Jem and Scout at her church is because they are white and therefore she complains that all the white people being prejudice against them but she too was doing exactly what the whites were doing. Selfish individualism is portrayed through Lula’s actions, as she showed no consideration to Jem and Scout through her nasty comment to Cal. According to Kimberly Turtenwald she states that a person who...
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