Good evening, and welcome to Social Institutions. I’m Scott Monk and I’ve been asked here to discuss with you the positive and negative impacts of institutions on the individual. I wrote the novel ‘Raw’ and that novel, I believe, is a great example of the impact that institutions have on an individual, but firstly, what is and institution? An institution is a body or group that share a common purpose to achieve something. The individual is an independent and single member of the group. By nature the institution is going to have a great impact on the individual. There must be rules and regulations imposed in order to operate successfully and maintain the balance of order. In my book ‘Raw’ both a positive and negative effect on the individual, which is seen through compliance and protest, are highlighted. Similarly, the movie ‘Shawshank Redemption’ written and directed by Frank Darabont, highlights the positive and negative aspects of the institution on the individual. In my book there are both positive and negative aspects of institutions. The protagonist, Brett Dalton, goes through many different stages while at a Juvenile Correction Centre after being sentenced there for a breaking and entering charge. In the beginning of the novel, Brett is highly opposed to institutions and feels that anyone who has got authority over him is only out to get him. He shows disrespect and no concern for rules and calls the police ‘pigs’. This demonstrated that Brett has a negative opinion of them and is unwilling to abide by their rules. The institution in raw is negative for Brett at first as he is angry that he has been sent to the farm and planned on doing nothing to allow the institution to have power over him. The book encompasses the behaviours of those who are placed in the institutions. When Brett first enters the farm, his unconformity and past experience lead him to steal from an inmate showing that he has yet to learn from his mistakes in the past.
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