Individuality vs. Community

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Communities Filled With Unique Individuals

There are many people in the world who go out of their way to make themselves more unique and more of an individual, as well as people who will do anything to just be a part of a crowd or a community. Is it possible for an individual to be strictly an individual and not a member of a community, or visa versa? Although everyone is their own person, and has their own unique personality, thoughts, and beliefs, we are all a part of a community, whether that means the town we live in, the common interests we share with others, or the family we were born into.

A community is defined as a body of people that live believing the same interests and beliefs as others while sharing the same common interests. Communities are more than just a bunch of people who live in the same area; they share common interests with each other, allowing them to have similarities. In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" you come across a village were the people meet together for a yearly ritual. "The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 26th, but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner." In this particular village, all the people come together to stone one of their villagers. Although it is a rather cruel and unusual ritual, the whole village comes together to perform this cruel and mean less act. This village defines what it means to be a community by doing so. Another example of a person being involved in a community is in Flannery O'Connor's, character the Misfit in, "A Good Man Is Hard To Find." The Misfit was not only a part of a family, but was once a part of a gospel choir,...
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