Essay on Community : A Vital Medium Of The Individual

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Community: A Vital Medium of the Individual From the arrival of the first Puritans to America all the way toward the 21st century, American literature has sought to encapsulate the struggles and complications that develop from the pursuit of the opportunity, resources, and freedom that America offers and has come to represent. In this pursuit, abstract frameworks of society were set for the purpose of control and uniformity, thus contradicting the original intent of inhabiting this new land. Through landmark, American texts such as The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the reader comes to realize that the constraints and tenets of society are suffocating of the individual identity, thus leading to internal and external crises for the main characters of these novels. Within this deep struggle against society, however, all these characters display an innate sense of longing or need for confirmation from a community, a place that he or she can fall back on in full trust. Unlike society, a community is personal, and consists of actual people who may have a common interest or struggle, thus presenting the opportunity for support and comfort. Due to the desirable prospect of community, many are desperate to conform and assimilate to anything that resembles a community. Unfortunately he or she is blind to the fact that community is not a product of the tenets of society, but rather a system which forms bonds based on…

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