Losing Individuality - Original Writing Essay

1575 Words Dec 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Losing Individuality
There is a Japanese proverb, “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down,” meaning it is hard to be different without meeting resistance (Hashi, “Conformity in Japan”). Society has always wanted to make people “normal.” From the first moment I stepped into Athens Academy, I sought to both stand out and fit in, but these are contradictions and cannot really exist together. At first I thought I was succeeding at this game, but as time progressed, I realized that I was just slowly assimilating to what I thought people wanted me to be because I thought I would be admired by my peers if I just went with the flow. I was not wrong. When I realized I was losing parts of myself, I tried to go back to who I was before and found that in doing this, I had lost the interest of many of my so called “friends” and many of the qualities I had possessed when I was younger. In these four works I selected: the movie, Mean Girls, the book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, the song Lose My Soul, by TobyMac, and image of a boy with tape over his mouth spelling out “Freedom”; within society, people lose their individuality, and when they try to break free from the mold society has made for them, and become individual and unique, they are called strange, become unpopular, and are eventually suppressed until they fit in or are simply kicked out of society.
In the film, Mean Girls, directed by Mark Waters, there is a clear idea of what it looks like to be “popular,” well liked,…

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