Conformity Vs. Social Order In Earth One

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A rigid code of behaviors used to be followed in order to preserve order within a community. This conservative ideology has the main goal to maintain stability in order for the upper class to stay where they are within the social class pyramid. In other words, the top of the pyramid benefits the most from this conformity. This conventional code of conduct is promoted through superhero stories. Indeed, the protagonist himself represents constancy since he fights the villain which embodies chaos. Briefly, since the hero combats chaos, he logically is characterized by order. At first reading, the two first volumes of Earth One seem to go against the traditional beliefs, but by deepening the analysis of the cemetery scene where Clark Kent speaks …show more content…
Since the society does nothing to help the individual to fit in, the individual cannot adapt and cannot be integrated so the social order stays the same, which endorses stability. Once again, the upper class is the one benefiting because everything stays the same so it keeps on having the same advantages it uses to have. Surprisingly, Earth One seems to encourage the progressive worldview about different individuals who are trying to fit in by letting Clark write an article about Eddie Monroe’s death. At the end of the second volume, Eddie Monroe, a drug addict hipster dies in his room. Clark knew Eddie and he decides to write an article about him even though Perry White, the director of the Daily Planet, the journal from which Kent works, tells him it is not an interesting topic because “people die every day”. The fact that Clark decides to write an article about Eddie even though Mr. White told him not to reveals that he wants to promote individuals who are different. By writing an article about outsider of society just as him Clark want to say that people who do not threaten status quo, just like Eddie, matter and should get help. This article follows a progressive way of thinking, but, the fact that Monroe dies endorses the opposite. Actually, Eddie’s death shows that he was ignored and that, according to the government, he should not …show more content…
In effect, by deeply analysing the scene where Clark speaks to his father’s graveyard, Superman’s second trip to Borada and the article written by Clark on Eddie Monroe, the way of thinking that is endorsed in the traditionalist one; the anti-conservative one is only encouraged on its surface. Finally, the Earth One volumes prove that the mainstream superhero graphic novels encourage a conservative ideology that will always maintain social stability and logically benefit the upper

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