‘Can an individual define a community?’
Yes, a single individual can define a community. There are so many people who have defined their communities. Martin Luther King Jr., Shaka of the Zulus the list carries on. A community is listed as a group of individuals who have came together to work together.
Hester Prynne (Scarlet Letter) is a brilliant example, but Dimmesdale is a much better example. Dimmesdale represented the entire Puritan community of the story. All of the townspeople in the story, are sinners, even though they go to church and pray. Dimmesdale stands very high in religious society and is looked upon as a role model to the rest of the society. Also the townspeople are very unaware of the evil that is amongst them as well, for example one of the important town official’s sister is a witch, but nobody in the town ever sees it.
The AP Lang book “The Language of Composition” has a complete section about communities. While shuffling through this long section, I found several points in some of its articles that the authors remark that what they do is for their community. For example,“I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by…”(pg 283) This was Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, to which he writes back to a board of clergyman about Luther’s personal dealings with racism. King’s letter is about forty-four paragraphs long, and they are at LEAST eight long thought sentences. He even states that he could write more if he wasn’t in prison. To me this shows how much, he is trying to represent a community that doesn’t get to say anything because of the color of their skin.
And then there are some who represent a certain community, just like:
Draven, is known as the Glorious Executioner whom is known for his show-like execution ceremony. He represents the praise of violent acts, from the Noxian people. He also has an inner side (not explained in the lore) of most younger siblings. Younger siblings usually have someone that watches over them and has life a little bit easier thanks to their older sibling. But, all younger siblings want to proof that they are better than their elder. That is why sibling rivalry is so prominent, because we believe only one of us can be the figure of the family.
Darius, the Hand of Noxus, (also Draven’s older brother) is the commander of the Noxian Army, and leads the charge in the battles against the Demacians. He represents a community, the Noxian army, who follows him and whom they look upon for leadership in battle. The lore can completely show that, Darius is the embodiment of Noxus, with his mentality and obvious brute strength. Darius is trying to bring back an entire country with his fighting and leading abilities.
You may disagree, with the simple statement: “The dictionary says otherwise Wolfe! According to Webster a community is: A unified body of individuals.” Yes, that is true, but sometimes there is only but a mass of people, with nobody to represent them. That is when an individual can represent their community, to other communities like a representative. Someone who is willing and focused enough to define more than themselves-what they would like to accomplish for their community. Theodore Roosevelt is another example, he wanted to create national parks. Why? So that people living in his country an entire century later, can go see the majestic views of nature and to treasure it.
My travels have given me the clairvoyance to see that a single individual can represent a community. Searching through an AP Language book, history, and even video games is enough proof. We can all define our community. By being someone that will stand against the test of time.
Agree?/Disagree? Tell me in the comments!
- The Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr.
- The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
- League of Legends Lore: Darius, the Hand of Noxus
- League of Legends Lore: Draven, the Glorious Executioner