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Human Nature In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Human Nature
“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.”- Wallace Stevens. The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding provides a clear example of human nature which is developed and manipulated by the environment and experiences of the characters within the novel. The boys begin to lose sight of society's ways and turn to savagery, ultimately killing one another. Human nature is shaped by our environment and experiences according to a Swiss-born philosopher Rousseau, an article titled “Children Who Kill” by Katherine Ramsland, and the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding.
Rousseau was a Swiss-born philosopher who believed that man was born free but they need to give up their rights to be equal. “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”(Rousseau) Mankind is better without government because it creates inequality and jealousy among people. Additionally, man was good when in the state of nature, but the creation of society began to corrupt the condition of mankind. The creation of government brought inequality and many other problems in society. Problems in society then brought conflicts between one another. According to Katherine Ramsland’s article “Children who Kill”, there are many different types of killers, one of which is a school killer. School killers are individuals who turn to violence in order to calm their anger toward an individual who has done wrong to them. A school killer’s motivation is filled with rage built by
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