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Copy of To Kill a Mockingbird - Conformity vs Individuality

A detailed review of the topic "Conformity vs Individuality" in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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Hunter Roush

on 27 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of To Kill a Mockingbird - Conformity vs Individuality

To Kill A Mockingbird Individuality - a dictionary definition:

-The particular character or aggregate of qualities that distinguishes one person or thing from others.
-A person or thing of distinctive character.
-The interests of the individual as distinguished from the interests of the community. Conformity - a dictionary definition:
-Action in accord with prevailing social standards, attitudes and practices.
- Correspondence in form, nature, or character. Individuality - a definition in the text:
“Do you defend niggers, Atticus?” I asked him that evening.
“Of course I Do. Don’t say nigger, Scout. That’s common.”
“ ’s what everybody at school says.”
“From now on it’ll be everybody less one-” [Pg81]
-Atticus displays individuality in the extract, and thus individuality is defined doing things different from majority of others in society. Conformity - a definition in the text:
“She has committed no crime; she has merely broken a rigid and time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst and unfit to live with”. [Pg224]
-Evidence shows that Tom is innocent. But the jury decided otherwise so as not to break the code of society like Mayella did, showing what it means to conform.

“ Example 1:
“Do you defend niggers, Atticus?” I asked him that evening.
“Of course I do. Don’t say nigger, Scout. That’s common.”
“’s what everybody at school says.”
“From now on it’ll be everybody less one-” [Page 81]

Scout does not conform, but shows individuality in her speech by saying what she knows is proper. Example 2:
“I’m not sayin’ she made it up, I’m sayin’ she was too scared to know exactly what happened. It was mighty dark out there, black as ink. ‘d take somebody mighty used to the dark to make a competent witnesss…”
“I won’t have it,” Atticuse said softly.
“God damn it, I’m not thinking of Jem!” [Pg 280 – 281]

Atticus choose to show individuality, even in when it involves his son's life.
Symbolism is also used. 4.The theme(s) related to the topic / issue.
1.Individuality is prized over conformity.
2.It is easier to conform, than to be an individual.
3.Individuality may come with a price, such as popularity. Plot:
- The book shows conformity of the society.
-Consequential effect of Atticus' right doings. Setting:
- set in a relatively racist society,
- individualised behaviour of Atticus is shown
- conformity in society is expressed. Character:
- The unique personality of Atticus
- Contrusting characters that judge Atticus, such as Bob Ewell. Example 3: “You’ve got everything to lose from this, Atticus. I mean everything.”

Atticus is different, and does not conform to societal norms but choose to be an individual.

Individuality comes with a price. 5a. Devices used to reinforce the message / meaning of the text.
Symbolism:
- Dolphus Raymond symbolises those that are accepting of blacks
-the society does not bother finding real facts about Dolphus Raymond
- just like how they did not bother looking at the evidence that showed tom robinson to be innocent 2.Symbolism and irony - Tom Robinson’s trial illustrates the theme well.
- The mockingbird symbolises Tom.
- Tom did Mayella no harm, but is instead sued as for rape.
- People recognise that it is wrong to kill a mockingbird.
-Ironically people fail to recognise that what they are doing to Tom is wrong.
-Symbolism and irony are interlinked with the theme as Tom, symbolised by the mockingbird is misjudged. Example 4: “Four Negroes rose and gave us their front-row seats.” [Page 181]
Example 5: “I looked around. They were standing. All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet”. [Page 233]

Atticus gained the Black's respect by not conforming at the appropriate time. Point of View:
-Scout can view the society both Atticus and the general point of view.
-The contrast is therefore easily seen
-Theme is effectively and clearly expressed. Example 6: “She has committed no crime; she has merely broken a rigid and time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst and unfit to live with”. [Page 224]

The code of conduct in Maycomb.

Mayella abuses Tom Robinson's kindness to cover up her mistakes.

Conformity is shown. Disclaimer:
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