William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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In William Golding’s allegorical novel Lord of the Flies, examples of Sigmund Freud’s psychological theories are illustrated within the main characters through there personal thoughts and actions. Freud’s theory explores the inner separations of the mind and the effects on ones personality. Jack, the antagonist, can be seen as the immature and bloodthirsty Id, who hungers for meat and stops at nothing to get what he wants. Piggy and Simon can be seen on the other end of the spectrum as the SuperEgo, through their intellect and compassion. Ralph represents the Ego, the middle ground between the two extremes, by his responsible decision making skills and leadership qualities. All three characters balance each other out, and when either extreme gains too much power, turmoil issues as seen in the end of the novel. Jack Meriweather is representative of the Id in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The Id is defined as “the part of the psyche associated with instinctual, repressed, or antisocial desires, usually aggressive. In its efforts to satisfy these desires, the id comes into conflict with the social and practical constraints enforced by the ego and superego.” ( Freud). Throughout his time on the Island, the choir boy and eventual ‘chief’ partakes in several activities that lead readers to believe he depicts the Id. The Id represents the unconscious part of the mind that is always within an individual. This is the part of the mind that makes sure the primary…
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