Human Nature In Lord Of The Flies

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If a group of young boys were left stranded on an island all alone, would they survive? Would they behave like the young men they were raised to be? William Goldings Lord of the Flies, is a captivating novel surrounding a group of English schoolboys who, after being left stranded on an uninhabited island without adult supervision, must take on the role of survivors and rational thinkers to do what is necessary to overcome such tragedy. After being faced with obstacles such as lack of basic survival skills and constant power struggles resulting in lack of order, the boys realize they are in deeper than they think. Reading this through the psychological critique enhances reader's understanding of the novel by examining Goldings views compared to famous psychologists such as Sigmund Freud. Additionally, using biographical critiquing strategies reveals underlying themes in Lord of the Flies based on Goldings personal experiences. Analyzing Lord of the Flies through the psychological and biographical lens provides readers with a greater comprehension of Goldings views on human nature that inside everyone has an evil core kept in check due to societal laws and order. Looking at Lord of the Flies through the psychological lens allows the reader to understand Goldings views on the inner evil of human nature. For example, when Ralph informed Piggy about the absence of adults on the island, the novel states Ralph felt, ¨the delight of a realized ambition overcame him. In the middle

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