Compare And Contrast John Locke And Thomas Hobbes

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The story “lord of The flies’’ by William Golding, the novel correlates to the philosophical opinions of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. John Locke was an English philosopher that surmised man's natural moral compass would point towards good, Locke's philosophical writings stated “ that individuals in an state of nature would have stronger moral limits on their actions. Essentially, Locke thought that our human nature was characterized by reason and tolerance. People, Locke believed, were basically good’’ ( ‘‘Locke and Hobbes Overview 2’’). John Locke thought if people were given no rules they would make a paradise, flourishing in law, order, and structure, Thomas Hobbes believed people were naturally cruel and chaotic, with a need of a strong ruler to make decisions. Hobbes stated, “Who felt that mankind was inherently evil and required a strong central authority to ward off this inclination toward an immoral behavior, Locke believed that human nature allowed men to be selfish’’( ‘‘Locke and Hobbes Overview 2’’ ). Thomas Hobbes believed a strong iron-fisted ruler was needed for the safety and well being of a society. The ideals of man in a natural state, follow Thomas Hobbes philosophical view represented through Jack's brutish and monarch like attitude which lead to them living in a dystopian society. The character Jack shows a very Thomas Hobbes authoritarian standing in the novel the “lord of the flies’’ by William Golding. For instance, Jack tells Piggy “You’re talking too much,” said Jack Merridew. “Shut up, Fatty” (Golding 20). Jack tells Piggy this when he is trying to give his ideas about what they should be doing. Jack proceeds to put him down, Jack does this quite a few times throughout the novel. Thomas Hobbes believes that the strongest, meanest ruler who will crush or belittle anyone in their way should be in charge. Hobbes believes this because if the biggest and boldest man is in charge there will never be a revolution only order. Jack so far lives up to Hobbes beliefs. Jack's character only seems to get more aggressive and hungry for power. As Jack is confronted with knowledge of the ship on the horizon jack lashes out at Piggy , ‘‘jack smacked Piggy's head . Piggy's glasses flew off and
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