Society's Influence on People Depicted in George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant and Lucy Grealy's Mirrors

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Throughout the ages, people have at times been influenced by society to do things they would not normally do. There are people who have been influenced to do things they did not desire to do at the behest of others, simply to be accepted by their peers. The choices that are made in life affect you either way even if they were made by you or someone else. Each choice made has a consequence which will affect the individual and in return the decision will produce a particular outcome. Influence is a hard thing to calculate into someone’s life and seeing how it changes lives for better or for worst is very difficult. Perseverance through hardship is a theme that is seen in many works of literature, these include “Shooting an Elephant” by …show more content…
This shows that she never felt accepted by her peers, also shown when she states “I became interested in horses and got a job at a run-down local stable. Having those horses to go to each day after school saved my life; I’d spent all of my time either with them or thinking about them.” This shows that she felt accepted by whom she was with the horses because they wouldn’t criticized her when she would go see them she would feel welcomed.
Another similarity shared is in “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell states “And suddenly I realized that I should have to shoot the elephant. The people expected it of me and I had got to do it;” this showed how he became so accustomed to doing things out of desire that he just did it to get it done. The killing of the elephant was expected of him by the people of the village. It also shows that peer pressure plays a great role in society by making people pay too much attention to the opinion of others. As shown in “Mirrors”, Grealy shows how she also did things in society to get it over with. We see this when Grealy states, “They asked me to do things: lie still for X rays, not cry for needles, things that, although not easy, never seemed equal to the praise I received in return.” (Grealy, 63). This shows how Grealy felt that if she got out of her comfort zone of always been brave, she would be seen differently and get more praise and respect from people and

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