March 21, 2012
Conformity versus individualism is a topic that has been discussed in literature throughout the years. When people are forced to conform to society, they are expected to act appropriately toward society’s vision. When people stand out from the crowd, they create an imbalance in culture. This is why individualism is condemned in most works of literature, but people still attempt to defy society’s vision and make a difference. This topic is discussed in the books, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. In both books, forcing to conform to what society believes to be right leads to internal unhappiness and chaos. Failing to comply with culture’s morals leads to an imbalance and disorder.
By conforming to society, Guy Montag in Fahrenheit 451 “wore his happiness like a mask.” He believed he was happy before realizing that he had a choice other than agreeing with what civilization wanted. People are fed unimportant information to keep them satisfied, but are internally dissatisfied. Being human, most people often choose the easy route opposed to the difficult, yet rewarding path. Choices are made to keep everyone content. But some choose to resist society and search for a true meaning to life regardless of the unknown outcome. Some are willing to risk it all to discover life instead of continuing to comply with society’s every belief. “But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.” (Huxley) Isn’t it better to have meaning than to be comfortable? It is more rewarding to have importance, but most decide to conform to society instead of achieving happiness. By staying in compliance with society, the superior individuals of the public remain in control and everyone secures “contentment” without truly risking happiness. All civilizations strive for security. “Stability. No civilization without social stability. No...
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