Consequences Essay

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Human behavior is often based of the laws and expectations set by community surrounding them. Breaking these norms results in many arrays of emotions. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and The Help by Kathryn Stockett all exemplify the consequences of breaking standards in societies with set norms to uphold. The various authors have crafted societies that behave in distinct manners, and classify people as either normal, or abnormal. These works show that breaking societal standards, familial standards, and ones own standards sprouts disaster, and in serious cases, leads to the demise of characters.

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iv.103-104). Whilst analyzing her response one is able to comprehend that Juliet expresses no interest in succumbing to the social norm when she states that although she is capable of loving Paris, she will not dedicate her love to him instantly. However, had she followed the social standards and instead married Paris rather that Romeo, she would have lived an exultant and fulfilling life, ultimately avoiding her demise. Similarly, within The Help, Skeeter is an individual who has developed a tendency to ignore the social standards engulfing the citizens of Jackson, Mississippi. This is established when she declares, "All my life I'd been told what to believe about politics, coloreds, being a girl. But with Constantine's thumb pressed in my hand, I realized I actually had a choice in what I could believe" (Stockett 74). One observes Skeeter nonexistent desire to follow the social standards surrounding her, the moment she interacts with the majority of the coloured community. However, this interaction leads to other devastating consequences, formally sprouted from the racial discrimination brought upon by the white community. Ultimately, breaking societal norms and disregarding the expectations of how one should behave, eventualities in undesirable repercussions.

Societal standards are not the only type to be broken in the various pieces of work, familial standards are also an issue. In to Kill a Mockingbird Atticus sets a standard of morality for his children, his children should keep their temper, and accept everyone, however Scout breaks this standard. One sees this standard broken when she narrates, "Francis looked at me carefully... and crooned softly, Nigger-lover...this time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth" (Lee 84). After receiving criticism from Francis, Scout fails to control the situation without physical violence. By hurting Francis she had to suffer the consequence of a spanking from her Uncle Jack. Juliet in Romeo and Juliet also exemplifies the repercussions of breaking familial standards. Her love for Romeo exceeds the force of the familial norms engulfing her, one sees she will be willing to break any societal standard for her lover when she says, " Deny thy father and refuse thy name/Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,/And i'll no longer be a Capulet." (II.ii.37-39). Juliet...

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