Can anyone help me with essays/books/poems/quotes on the topic of "Individual vs. Society" ?

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There are many books that are written with the theme of the individual versus society.  I will describe some examples here:

Novels

The Giver by Lois Lowry

In this dystopian society everyone is tightly controlled in the name of Sameness, and all memories are held collectively by one individual.  All decisions are made for people, but a young boy named Jonas decides there is another way, and runs away to save a baby boy, and by doing so bring memory and change to his society

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

This book also has a young boy as the narrator.  Huck grapples with the issues of the adult world and decides that slavery is wrong, even though everyone is telling him that it is wrong to free a slave.

1984 by George Orwell

This is probably the quintessential individual versus society novel.  In it Big Brother is watching, history is rewritten...

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