The Follower Problem By Shirley Jackson

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In this article, we will develop a definition of “group mind” in the light of articles such as “opinions and social pressure” by Solomon E. Asch, and “the follower problem” by David brooks. The definition of the group mind that we will develop from these articles will be used to analyze the story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. In this article, we will analyze and apply the definition of group mind developed and use it to analyze the story of Shirley Jackson, and use examples from the texts to further
According to Solomon E. Asch, group mind or thinking of a group of people have a profound effect on the thought procedure of an individual. Solomon says “That social influences shape every person’s practices, judgments and T,
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Individual people tend to do the thing which is all the more readily accepted by the society, and it is not necessary that the thought is actually correct too. An example of this is that a member of a tribe of cannibals does not think about the cannibalism as right or wrong, but they just accept cannibalism because it is their mode of behavior and practice for a long period of time. All the social sciences are agreed on the fact that humans in groups have a profound effect on the thought procedure of the members. And it is very important to not here that when the pressure is exerted from the group, it is not necessarily the concept of right or wrong that compels the individual to partake in that activity, but rather they bow down under peer pressure .For psychologists, group pressure upon the minds of individuals raises a host of questions they would like to investigate in detail (Asch). In another article by David Brooks, “the Follower problem”, he mentions that “To have good leaders you have to have good followers — able to recognize just authority, admire it, be grateful for it and emulate it. Those skills are required for good monument building, too.” This is essentially true in spirit. Those who are following the leader must have enough sense and confidence …show more content…
But in retrospect, this thought has the ability to override all moral and personal concerns of the individual, and transform his thought too. The individual bows down under peer pressure, and adopt the thinking of the group, whether be it moral or

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