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The themes of conformity and nonconformity in Lois Lowry's Number the stars and The giver / by Susan Michelle Tyrrell.

Publication | Digitized | Library Call Number: PZ7.L9673 N856 2000

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    This thesis focuses on the effects of conformity on a society. By examining Lois Lowry's Holocaust-centered novel Number the Stars in tandem with her futuristic work The Giver, this study attempts to prove that when people give in to mindless conformity in the face of peer pressure, the end result is personal and societal destruction. The novels examined show the various aspects of the effects of conformity on different societies. This thesis also asserts that if we continue in our modern-day societal progressions in technological and humanistic ways, we will walk forwards into the past, subjecting ourselves to control even more terrible than that of Nazi rule—control that seeks to eliminate everything that does not fit into a pattern of conformity. Ultimately, this study shows that when people do not examine their own beliefs deeply enough they will fall prey to having themselves controlled by a more forceful power.
    Tyrrell, Susan Michelle, 1969-
    Thesis (M.A.)--Texas A & M University-Commerce, 2000.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 62-64).
    Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Dissertation Services, 2004. 23 cm.
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