Lord Of The Flies And Philosophies

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Comparison of Lord of the Flies and Philosophies Once said by a philosopher named Thomas Hobbes “It is not wisdom but authority that makes a law.” This quote and his way of thinking relate significantly to the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Lord of the Flies can be explained by Sigmund Freud and Thomas Hobbes philosophies on human nature. When the boys get stranded on the island, their fate is determined by their human nature. Lord of the Flies can be explained by Thomas Hobbes theories. One of his famous quotes was “It is not wisdom but authority that makes a law.” When relating this to Lord of the Flies Piggy and Ralph resemble the Wisdom in this quote, and that when they tried to order people it didn’t work, but when Jack displays his brutality early, like the authority everyone eventually was under his rule. This shows that authority makes the law and not wisdom. Since Ralph and Piggy both resemble wisdom and they did not rule over Jack who resembles authority this proves that “It is not wisdom but authority that makes a law.” Another example that shows that is another quote he said, “No arts; no letters; no society; and which…show more content…
In his book Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes writes about the terror that mankind would face if there was ever a time when there was no government to keep law and order. He calls this the State of Nature (how life would be naturally). In Lord of the Flies, William Golding writes about the choices and terror that a group of boy’s face when there were no adults or order. Being stranded on a desert island caused them to abandon their decency which reverted them to the way they naturally felt like behaving such as Hobbes “State of Nature”. In the book, this is why Jack turns on Ralph. Jack has entered his state of nature which is why him and the other kids became hunters and kill Piggy and Simon and then try to hunt
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