Human Nature In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Before the conch is broken in Lord of the Flies, it is held as the upmost important object on the island and what stops the boys from plummeting into total anarchy. After it is destroyed, the last bit of humanity is washed away and the true mindset of humans is revealed. Golding exposes the potential for a more brutal human nature through characters, objects, and various events throughout his story. The mind is easily When placed in such a drastic and destructive situation as Lord of the Flies, many “wholesome” qualities like generosity and sympathy are stripped and the only thing left is basic instinct. One character who slowly digresses into this is Jack, but when he first landed on the island he agreed that “We’ve got have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages,” (Golding 42). The irony in this is that as the story moves forward, Jack becomes more and more vicious and power hungry. At first, Jack sticks to what he has always known and that is order and civility, but because of the environment around him, Jack is forced to fight to survive, and that means changing in ways that will hurt others. Additionally, the pressure of having to hold power over the boys to gain complete control of the island is why when Ralph went to retrieve Piggy’s glasses, “Jack made a rush and stabbed at Ralph’s chest with his spear,” (Golding 177). His mind is so impulsive and violent that Jack tries to kill a boy who he once respected and trusted over the others. Through this,

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