Essay American Writer And Feminist Rita Mae Brown 's ' Antigone '

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American writer and feminist Rita Mae Brown once claimed that “the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself” (“Famous Quotes”). In this, May addresses the moral dilemma of conformity. If one conforms to become accepted by society, they may end up abandoning their individuality, as well as their beliefs. Oppositely, while non-conformists retain their unique characteristics and values, they are susceptible to persecution. Because their potential effects, one may struggle to discover moderation between conformity and nonconformity. This struggle is an idea that can be explored in Sophocles’ Antigone. In this Greek tragedy, Creon, the king of Thebes, wrongfully sentences his daughter-in-law Antigone to death and eventually suffers for his actions. Additionally, the clashing forces of conformity and nonconformity are highlighted in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In the Rye. In the novel, a teenager named Holden Caulfield struggles to fulfil his dream of preserving childhood innocence while protecting the younger generations from the corruption of the adult world. Through the ironic behavior of Creon and Holden, Sophocles and Salinger display how, due to external pressure, it is impossible for one to be a perfect nonconformist, and that a lack of moderation in one’s ideals eventually leads to tragedy.
Salinger exploits the ironic behavior of Holden to portray the idea that external pressure makes it impossible for one to be a complete non-conformist. After…

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