Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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According to Lord of the Flies is still a Blueprint for Savagery by Eleanor Learmonth and Jenny Tabakoff, the words “I’m afraid. Of us” first appeared in Golding’s novel 60 years ago. Lord of the Flies by William Golding follows a group of schoolboys trapped on an island after a plane crash during a world war. At the beginning, they celebrate as they have total autonomy as there are no adults around. They attempt to establish a civilization but when order collapses, they go on a journey from civilization to savagery. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Jack mostly represents id, Ralph mostly represents ego, and Piggy mostly represents superego.
According to “Sigmund Freud’s Division of the Mind: Id, Ego, and Superego” by David B. Stevenson, Sigmund Freud’s personality theory is composed of the id, ego, and superego. Stevenson explains that the id holds desires and urges and that “it is ruled by the pleasure principle, demanding satisfaction now, regardless of circumstances and possible undesirable effects”. If the desires and urges of the id aren’t satisfied then the self will feel nervous or anxious. The ego fulfills the desires of the id in a socially acceptable method in the world. The superego bases decisions on moral values, based on what is right or wrong. Stevenson also mentions that “The superego uses guilt and self-reproach as its primary means of enforcement for...rules”. The ego and superego may reach the same decision on something however the ego bases…
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