Social Expectations In Lord Of The Flies

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People are used to living in an orderly, civilized society with many different social expectations and structures. A dependency is built on this civil life, and people find it difficult to live their lives without rules and order. The children in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies come from a life like this, from school in England. When this orderly life, full of expectations and civility, is taken away from them, they are forced to adapt and reach for their most basic human instincts. They attempt to maintain a grip on societal structures but eventually slip into a violent fight for survival. As the earliest of humans did, the boys live without society or civilization shaping their behavior. The deepest instincts of humans are based on those behaviors developed and utilized by the earliest of humans. When societal structure and social expectations are stripped away, humans will revert to their deepest and most primal instincts. People will often conform to social norms, but they will stop when they are no longer expected to. It is easy for people to just follow what everybody else is doing and what they are expected to do; this is what society is built on and how civilization stays intact. According to a 2011 Stanford University philosophy article: “We prefer to comply with the norm on the basis of having certain expectation” (Bicchieri & Muldoon). This indicates that when there are no longer any “expectations” to follow, people will not maintain the behaviors previously
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