Analysis Of The Article ' Group Minds ' By Dorris Lessing Essay

793 Words Mar 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Dorris Lessing is a well-known British woman who is a very talented novelist who wrote the article “Group Minds”. In the article Lessing argues how it is in human nature to conform to the group even while knowing we can make our own decisions we continue to follow. Lessing’s states, “My mind is my own, my options are chosen by me, I am free to do as I will” (652). This quote portrays that this is the minds set of your average individual, but in reality these dreams fall short. In Dorris Lessing’s article “Group Minds” she writes a well-written persuasive article that consists of strong points but has vague, insufficient evidence. This article is about how individual people have been affected by groups and group pressure. Lessing mentions that western people are unable to handle the pressure that they are dealt, meaning that they do not have individuality. But she also mentions that although we are all individuals, we all live our lives in groups and only a small portion of us enjoy being alone. Most people enjoy being in the presences of others that also have the same mind set as them. This is why Lessing seems to believe that some people’s individual opinions are hard to contain. Lessing refers to a test that demonstrates who uses individuality. Basically matching the shape sizes to each other is the task. At first everyone in the room picks the correct answer, then after a couple questions the majority picks the wrong answer to see if that individual will conform or…

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