Bachelor of Arts in English
James Tackach, Ph.D.
Although television portrayal of 1950s culture often features a surprising amount of conformity, novels of the period reveal thoughtful confrontations to cultural norms. For example, Fahrenheit 451’s protagonist Guy Montag is a confused government worker living a life initially blind to the negative impacts of his actions. His growing realization, however, correlates directly with his growing nonconformity. Likewise, A Raisin in the Sun portrays each member of the Younger family as they struggle with conformity to strict gender and family roles.
Shea, Bridget, "Fahrenheit 451 and A Raisin in the Sun: Nonconformity and Family and Gender Roles in the 1950s American Texts" (2020). English Theses. 36.