Mob Mentality In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ is another text that shows how society and mob-mentality impact individuals. Set during a futuristic war; it's about a group of British boys who crash land on an uninhabited island, with no adults present they are left to fend for themselves. At first, they follow the rules of ordered society however as time passes on the island the boys become subject to mob mentality and drift into savagery. The author uses the novel as a microcosm of society and shows how mob mentality can cause humans to decent into savagery, he shows this through the boys in the novel, especially Jack who is first to decent into savagery and from him one by one the entire boys follow suit. Golding portrays society through the use of allegory in the text, with characters, setting, and objects as a symbol for an aspect of society in the wider world; hence the island they're stranded on is a miniature version of the world. Through the characters Golding represents different types of governments from today’s world; Ralph the protagonist of the novel represents democracy while the antagonist Jack represents dictatorship, which is established from the beginning. In the beginning of the text, the boys elect Ralph as chief, after having gathered all the boys with Piggy’s using a conch shell, “...we ought to have a chief to decide things.” Jack expects to be chief “I ought to be chief’, said Jack with simple arrogance, ‘because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing
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