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Social Acceptance in Short Stories

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Joyce Tang

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Transcript of Social Acceptance in Short Stories

How does the story address the social theme?
The narrator wants to be accepted by his peers in the church. He felt ashamed that he was taking this long and decides to lie that he was saved by Jesus. However, he feels unhappy about lying. This shows that people will do things, like lie, in order to be socially accepted.
The pursuit of acceptance can make people want what is not good for them, and make people do things that will put them in a bad position.
Thank You Ma'am
Hughes, Langston."Thank You Ma'am."
The Best Short Stories by Negro Writers; an Anthology from 1899 to the Present
. Boston: Little, Brown, 1967. Print.
Dr. Heidegger's
How it addresses the societal theme:
The Chaser
Social Acceptance
In Short Stories

Work Cited:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Dr. Heidegger's Experiment. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 1991. Print.
Each of Dr.Heidegger's guests wanted to be young again because it showed them something they desired but also something not good for them.

Example: Widow Wycherly admiring her image after drinking the liquor of youth.
Hughes, Langston. "Salvation." [The Big Sea, 1940.] The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. 11th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011. 642-643. Print.
He ignores the fact that this love is going to backfire and hurt him in the end.
Do the Articles Back t Up?
How it addresses the societal theme:
Research evident within the story supporting the theme:
"Thank You Ma'am" addresses the societal theme through the character Roger. Roger is a hoodlum. He is very poor an it can be inferred that he does not have enough money to buy basic needs like food. However, even though he probably needs food, he tries to steal from Ms. Bates because he wants a pair of shoes. He wants to be accepted, and cares more about that than his own well being.
What Do We Walk Away With?
The Pain of Social Rejection:
"Like hunger or thirst, our need for acceptance emerged as a mechanism for survival"

Humans rely on social groups for survival; we are dependent on those groups for our lives. Humans crave acceptance because it affects both their psychological and physical states.
Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'
Erich Fromm
"Social Acceptance and Rejection: The Sweet and the Bitter" talks about people who have been excluded. Roger has been excluded. And because he wants social acceptance, Roger "lashes out"(Social Acceptance) at Ms. Bates.
What research is evident within the story that supports this theme?
In the article, " ", it states that "putting yourself down does more harm than good." The narrator lied about being saved because he was taking a long time, however he felt miserable for doing it.
What the reader walks away with/new understanding:
Everyone deals with the issue of being socially accepted or the need to reflect a certain image.
Example: The four friends making a pilgrimage to Florida to find the Fountain of Youth
What does the reader walk away with? What new understanding do they possess?
This does more harm than motivation. The narrator’s want of social acceptance caused him to lie, which only led to more misery.
What to walk away with:
The reader can walk away with a greater understanding of how pursuing social acceptance can put you in an uncomfortable situation.
In a Downside to Teen Self-Esteem, it talks about a girl who gets A's easily in every class. On a project, she decided to not do any work because she thought that she would get an A. She was so raised up with self-esteem that when she got a bad grade, she was insulted. Self-esteem raised her up so high that she expected to do good in school by not doing anything.
How Is the Theme Shown in the story?
We learn from these examples that wanting acceptance or having too much of it can lead to bad choices that you probably wouldn't have chosen if given the choice.
Work Cited:
Collier, John..
The Chaser
. Pheonix: Pheonix New Millenium, 2009. Print
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