Hey everyone, I'm writting my first paper for English 101, and it's about peer pressure. We read "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell and we're supposed to write about a time where we did something because of peer pressure that was against our own right judgment, like in the short story.
I'm not sure if I'm headed in the right direction, or if I even have a thesis statement in there.
Anyways, this is what I have so far for my introduction:
Have you ever done something to make others happy, even when you felt it was morally against your own right judgment? Peer pressure is pretty powerful. There's just something about a person, or a group of them, wanting, hoping, waiting for you to do something, that it's hard to look them in the face and say, "No." You don't want your peers to see you as a lesser person, a chicken, or a coward, but you also don't want to go against your own right judgment. Like in George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant", I too have been faced with a tough decision where I could either stick to my own right judgment and disappoint my peers, or do something to please others at the cost of betraying my judgment.
Any feedback on anything would be greatly appreciated.