Conformity is a person’s belief or behavior that is influenced by their environment. Rebellion is the act of refusing to listen or follow authority. There are several costs and benefits of conformity and rebellion. The assigned readings points out many of these examples. However living a life as a conformist, rather than a rebellion would be a good decision and a safe one.
If one is a conformist should they continue living that way or change to be a rebel? The cost of conformity would be in questioned if one’s environment is a positive or negative one. This would reflect on whether or not one should go along with the flow or rebel against it. When one chooses to be a rebel in life they are taking a risk. Many people do not think about the consequences as the result of some of their life decisions.
Referring to the story “The lottery” (Jackson). The people of the village would be considered as the conformists due to their beliefs. The villager’s ritual of having a lottery once a year was influenced by their ancestors. If one decided to disobey or rebel against the ritual they would be put through much embarrassment. Tessie had her own beliefs and was not afraid to stand up for herself. It appears that whoever had the piece of paper with the black dot would get stoned by the other villagers.
Tessie tried to prevent that for happening to her husband. Tessie shouted, “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair!”(p.343). Although Tessie showed courage to save her husband. Her rebellious acts still lead her to being stoned anyways.
The next example, of showing the cost and benefits of conformity and rebellion is expressed in the story “Two Kinds” (Tan). The Mother of Jing-mei lived as a conformist. She moved from China to make a better life in America. In America there are a lot of options and opportunities to live a better life. She wanted what she thought was best for daughter.
Jing-mei’s mother had a passion into turning her into a prodigy. Her mother constantly challenged her academically. Jing-mei had to also practice the piano against her will. Doing things against your will can cause harm to one’s mind. Jing-mei was faced with a lot of pressure into doing things she did not want to do.
She was forced into a talent show...