William Golding's Lord Of The Flies: Chapter Analysis

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If the reader is in a completely new situation, how might they handle it? Different situations produce different reactions depending on the person. A person’s situation, depending on the severity, can affect and even change that person’s behavior; this is exemplified in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, recreated in Kid Nation, and partially argued against by critics of the Stanford Prison Experiment. In the book, Lord of the Flies, it is shown that the situation can have an effect on the reader and the people around. In the first chapter, there was a plane crash that stranded many young boys on an island, so what were they supposed to do without any adults? The conversation between Jack Merridew and Ralph gives us insight to their thoughts.…show more content…
The kids came in to live adult free for forty days. The producers provided food and shelter for the children whereas in Lord of the Flies, the boys were on their own trying to survive. The children from Kid Nation were not used to sleeping on tiny cots, wash dishes, make their own food, having no technology, using porta-potties. Although the kids from Kid Nation were introduced to new things, they did not have to take on new roles such as hunters, gatherers, builders, etc. The only new role the children were exposed to were leadership roles. In Lord of the Flies a comment about wanting a sign from a grownup is made. “If only they could send us something grownup… a sign or something” (102). Another comment is made, by Jack, about having rules. “‘We’ll have rules!” He cried excitedly. “Lots of rules’” (33)! The children in the Lord of the Flies had to come up with their own rules because there were no grownups, and they just wanted a sign from an adult. At first they thought it was going to be a really good time, like the kids in Kid Nation thought, but then they realized they had to work to survive. The work and effort and situation they were in proved that as people are put in different situations, especially something completely new, they have different attitudes, ways of thinking, and physical effects. Just like Kid Nation tried to recreate how people behave, so did the Stanford Prison
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