The Holy Bible is conformity. Conformity is going along with the crowd, what is popular, or what you are pressured to do. The Bible represents Christianity because it is the religion’s sacred text. Christians need to conform with each other in order to do what they believe is right. They follow specific guidelines or rules known as the Ten Commandments. Breaking one of these rules is called sinning, and is disrespectful to God. Christians attend mass weekly where they pray for forgiveness of their sins. Throughout the duration of mass, people sit, kneel, and stand in unison while singing together and often praying hand in hand. Many people find great comfort in the predictability of going to church. They have all gone through the process of becoming a member of the church including their baptism, reconciliation, and confirmation. In Christianity, there is little to no tolerance for nonconformity because any alteration to the rules could result in being disrespectful to the church and to God. All in all, I chose the Bible because I thought that it was a good way to represent the strict conformity of the Christian religion. In Christianity, if you commit as little sins as possible in your life, you will heave eternal happiness in Heaven. However, Christians believe if you commit sin, and don’t seek forgiveness, you will rue in Hell.
I was able to relate the conformity in Christianity and the church, to Welton Academy of “Dead Poets Society.” This school enforced strict policies which they made their students recite out loud at any group assembly. They were known as the “Four Pillars” of the school. The students would shout, “Tradition, Honor, Discipline, and Excellence” in unison. Continuing, it was an all male school and all of the boys wore matching suits to school and around campus every day. They were not to question authority or break rules and like the church, there was no tolerance for change. Although some students felt this was good because they knew what the expectancy was, others were tired of the endless routine. For instance character, Mr. Keating, the new English teacher at the school saw the endless possibilities in being your own self and not always following the rules. He encouraged his students to “Seize the Day” and be who they want to be. Howeer, Keating’s creative style of teaching was not tolerated at Welton Academy. They wanted no change to come over the school. Therefore, they eliminated the only source of a nonconformity in the school and fired Mr. Keating. Also, student Charlie Dalton was constantly trying to purposely get in trouble and make people laugh. He hounded professors for females at Welton, and even punched a boy in the face for going against Mr. Keating. Once again, the school eliminated Charlie and expelled him for trying to make change at Welton.
I found that this connected to the path to either Heaven or Hell. If the students follow their rules and do as they are supposed to do, they will receive a great education and continue their life in happiness. However, if they break the rules and act in forms of rebellion, they will be eliminated from the tradition and expelled or in Mr. Keating’s case, fired.