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Society in Literature

An AP English project

Winnie Yan

on 31 May 2013

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Transcript of Society in Literature

Society in
Literature Presented by Winnie Yan S O U R C E S Thanks for watching. END How do writers portray society in their
works and what are their intended purposes? Why society? How does the story's society affect the main
character(s)? Why does society possess so much influence
on a single individual? Man vs. Society A common theme in literature;
the protagonist's struggle against his or her
place in the community or group Reading List
Catcher in the Rye
Crime and Punishment
Huckleberry Finn
The Crucible
The Metamorphosis
The Ox-Bow Incident Related Topics
isolation/alienation AP English Drinking Game!
Take a drink whenever society is mentioned. Ralph Waldo Emerson - Champion of Individualism From his essay, Self Reliance:
" ... Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion ... " Quote starts about here Is society reflected in literature
or does literature shape society? How influential is society? In general, society affects morals, thoughts, actions, how an individual lives, etc.

Such cases may also be referred
to as conformity.

People with greater self-esteem are more likely to have a greater resistance against conformity.
However, the pressure to conform is strong. Individualism
vs. Isolation Individualism sees individuals as units of achievement and society as a collection of individuals.

Isolation occurs when an individual is separated from society. How writers often use society in their works
Character development
Conveying a point about society's flaws
Expressing opposition to a widely accepted idea or defending a view point
Highlighting the individual's search for identity society literature SOURCE: http://bentobjects.blogspot.com/2012/11/mirror-mirror.html SOURCES: http://www.learner.org/amerpass/unit16/pdf/unit16ig.pdf SOURCE: http://www.artorgan.com/art34-Conformity%20Drawing.htm SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Huckleberry-finn-with-rabbit.jpg SOURCE: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-14528869/stock-photo-standing-out-from-the-crowd.html SOURCE: http://library.thinkquest.org/C007405/groups/conform.shtml SOURCE: http://mol.redbarn.org/objectivism/writing/RaymieStata/WhatIsIndividualism.html Isolation in Literature:
Metamorphosis Gregor is forced to isolate himself from his own family because they find his appearance revolting.

Gregor's character hasn't changed. He is still considerate towards his family's feelings and still cares about them.

This leads to his death at the end of the story. SOURCE: http://www.hawaiibookblog.com/mea/2010/07/ IMAGES:

Book Stack. Digital image. Hawaii Book Blog. July 2010. 22 May 2013 <http://www.hawaiibookblog.com/mea/2010/07/.>

Border, Terry. Two Mirrors. Digital image. Blogspot. 24 May 2013 <http://bentobjects.blogspot.com/2012/11/mirror-mirror.html.>

Kemble, E. W. Huckleberry Finn. 1884. Wikipedia. 22 May 2013 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Huckleberry-finn-with-rabbit.jpg.>

Prather, Leigh. Standing Out from the Crowd. Digital image. Shutterstock. 22 May 2013 <http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-14528869/stock-photo-standing-out-from-the-crowd.html>.


Albrecht, Milton C. "The Relationship of Literature and Society." Mar. 1954. The University of Chicago Press. 24 May 2013 <http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2772244?uid=3739808&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21102340311507>.

Common Themes in Literature. PDF. <http://udc.edu/docs/Common_Themes_in_Literature_Literary_Themes.pdf>

"Conformity." ThinkQuest. Oracle Foundation. 24 May 2013 <http://library.thinkquest.org/C007405/groups/conform.shtml>.

"Self-Reliance." Ralph Waldo Emerson Texts. 24 May 2013 <http://www.emersoncentral.com/selfreliance.htm>.

Stata, Raymie. "What is Individualism." 1992. 24 May 2013 <http://mol.redbarn.org/objectivism/writing/RaymieStata/WhatIsIndividualism.html>.


MG Productions. "Die Verwandlung von Kafka." YouTube. 20 May 2009. YouTube. 24 May 2013 <youtube.com/watch?v=BoCqMneosMI>.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self Reliance. YouTube. 13 Aug. 2012. 22 May 2013 <youtube.com/watch?v=UsXbzVY2ePo>.

Steady pace. Rec. July 2009. 7th Expansion. Youtube. 29 Dec. 2009. YouTube. 22 May 2013. <youtube.com/watch?v=yXHatTQBT6A>
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