The Roles of Social Pressure

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The Roles of Social Pressure Individuals in today's culture will face social pressures daily as it has become almost inevitable to avoid. George Orwell’s story "Shooting an Elephant" is based on an British Policeman in occupied Burma that is forced to do a job that the individual dislikes and while doing so he is faced with social pressure by the natives to shoot the elephant on the rampage. John Updike’s story "A & P" is based on three inappropriately dressed young girls entering an A & P supermarket and a young man named Sammy. Facing social pressure the character stands up for the girls as they are verbally harassed by the manager, walks off the well needed job to prove a point. These stories are reflections of the roles social pressure plays in today's culture. George Orwell and John Updike both explain how social pressure affects individuals and their choices in varying positions of authority. In today’s culture more individuals suffers from obesity and are bullied whether knowingly or not. As a culture, American individuals grow more insensitive to one’s emotional capacity. As more derogatory terms are used when describing another being, social choice is inevitable. Individuals yearn the comfort of influence as John Updike clarifies, “The fat one with the tan sort of fumbled with the cookies, but on second thought she put the packages back” (359). The author portrayed the character as someone who is extremely content with her inner person as she appears to have a very high self-esteem with little or no regards for others opinion of beauty. However, for some individuals there are moments when a job becomes more than just appearance. Depending on an individual’s level of authority the responsibility will vary; a job does change one’s role and opinions of others about being told what do as a duty. This
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