The emotional behavior and irrationality of human nature guarantees that any society created by people will be plagued with defects and flaws, particularly the disownment of logic and reason. This is due to the reality that people act on emotion and instinct rather than on logic and rationality, causing humans to be, by nature, corrupt and narcissistic. As a result, people are inclined to fulfill their selfish desires, causing them to reject order and democracy, and instead embrace the development of chaos and anarchy. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies documents the story of a coalition of schoolboys, stranded on an island, and how the society that they form devolves into turmoil. Evaluating how Piggy is rejected due to his unseemly appearance and ideas, his respect for order and peace in contrast with the boys’ lust for destruction, as well as Piggy’s attempts and overall
“There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast … Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! … You knew, didn’t you? I’m a part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?”
Often, we choose our leaders based on confident, physical strength, and intellectual ability to shape a better community. However, many times, people choose leaders who have the best physical appearance; as a result, we frequently see unpleasant activity instead of moral action in our world. As William Golding illustrates through symbolism and foreshadowing in Chapters One to Five of Lord of the Flies, if we elect our leaders based on captivating looks, this often leads to a devastated civilization.
(Law and Order) "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything. So we've got to do the right things." (Golding 42)
Since the beginning, the differences between Ralph, the elected leader, and Jack, the appointed head of the hunters, are made apparent. After Ralph had been chosen as chief, he realized that Jack wanted to be chief, so as a sign of friendship, he stated that, “Jack’s in charge of the choir. They can be—what do you want them to be” (23)? Although Ralph was elected as chief, he shows compassions towards Jack, someone who greatly desires to be in charge, by giving him the authority to lead the Choir. During the first disagreement between Ralph and Jack, Jack states that, “We want meat…“to which Ralph replies, “We need shelters (51).”Jack, fixated on hunting, doesn’t bother to listen to Ralph and help build the shelters that the “little ‘uns” so desperately require. As Ralph tries to talk to Jack about being rescued, Jack ponders for a moment and replies, “Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same, I’d like to catch a pig first—“(53). This suggests that Jack would rather catch a pig than be rescued.
Sam and Eric, the twins that never seem to be apart, always honest, and always working towards the greater good. After Piggy’s tragic death, Jack takes Samneric and they become part of the tribe that he created. However, in Chapter Twelve when Ralph goes to talk to them, they warn him to leave or he might get in trouble.
The power-hungry will often feel the need for absolute control, hardly ever getting what they desire, they will often be portrayed as crazy and vicious. The same can be said for Jack; all he wants is to be the leader and make the decisions, but Ralph is the one in control. Jack’s desire for power is ruining his own image, and the well being of the other boys. Without the supervision of adults his morals and values took a turn for the worst.
(Violence) "Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.” (Golding 114-115)
“There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast--Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! Said the head. You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s a no go? Why things are the way they are?” (page 206)
This quote shows that people can be different then they can be, people can ultimately change for the worst.
William Golding’s Lord of The Flies follows a group of young boys who are stranded on an island after their plane crashes, and leaves them with no adults to look after them. When the children are brought together, after Ralph blows conch shell that he and Piggy found together, another group of boys shows up last. They seem to be described in a rather ominous fashion. “Then the creature stepped from the mirage on to the clear sand, and they saw that the darkness was not all shadow but mostly clothing.” (p19) Although this is just a bunch of young boys walking up the beach, the way Golding compares them to a creature and darkness makes it seem like there is something evil walking toward Ralphs and the group. Later in the book, all of the boys develop a rational fear that there is some sort of “beast” in the forest. In reality, as
Charles Dickens, a well-known writer, once said "Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature." While the thought of not having complete control of my actions and thoughts means I'm doing what's in my nature is uncomfortable, I see the truth and reasoning behind the statement. The quote can be clearly reflected in the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding. In the book, a group of boys get stranded on an island with no grownups. As the boys struggle to survive and stay connected with society, the primitive nature of the boys begin to appear. In the end, the group has completely disconnected from society and seem to have reverted to a more tribal like behavior. The boys fall to savagery is described in several ways.
The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about how a group of school boys get traped on A island. When power,fear and violence indulge them. The book shows that power can be controlled but can lost in an instant.
“Maybe,” Simon said hesitantly, “maybe there is a beast… What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.” In the midst of the second world war, a plane evacuating a group of English adolescents, has crashed on an uninhabited island located in the Pacific Ocean. Lord of the Flies tells the harrowing account. As the boys allot more and more time isolated on the island, they admit to recognizing an unidentifiable figure dwelling within the area, this “beast” however, isn’t the typical lion, tiger, or bear; This mysterious entity is portrayed to have various alternating elements throughout the documents in an attempt to establish a definite identity to this phenomenon conceiving the the question, what is the “beast”?