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Lord of the Flies Notebook Check
1. “Why Boys Become Vicious” Author Study
2. Vocabulary
3. Characterization
4. Plot/Conflict
5. Symbolism
6. Allegory
7. Chapters 1, 2, and 3 Questions
8. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 Questions
9. Chapters 7, 8, and 9 Questions
10. Chapters 10, 11, and 12 Questions

Notebook Check #1: “Why Boys Become Vicious” Author Study

“Why Boys Become Vicious” (1989)
William Golding

Written in response to the murder of a two-year-old boy by two twelve-year-old boys.

Answer the following questions in 2-3 complete sentences minimum.

1. In his article, “Why Boys Become Vicious,” Golding argues that there are two conditions in which evil will develop and grow: Chaos and fear. Explain for each condition how it …show more content…

Are men and women born with cruelty as a deep component of their nature? Is civilization largely a heroic struggle to build layer upon layer of varnish upon the rough and splintered raw material of humankind? Or does it make a truer picture if we imagine the newborn child as a blank slate upon which the harshness of experience soon prints its indelible and frightening patterns? I believe all attempts to answer these great questions are doomed to end in doubt and confusion. I leave them to psychologists and prophets. I can only speak as a man who has lived long. But there are certain things about cruelty – and especially the cruelty of boys – which I believe may be true and from which we can learn: though I also believe in the end we can never completely banish the kind of concentrated horror that has brought to us in the story of James Bulger. There are, for instance, conditions in which cruelty seems to flourish, which is different from saying that it has clear causes. What are these conditions? Chaos is one, fear is another. In Russia after the First World War, there were, I believe, gangs of children who had lost their parents. Dispossessed, without anywhere to live or anything to live on, they roamed the country attacking and killing out of sheer cruelty. There was, at that time, social chaos in many countries, and, left to themselves, these children found a kind of elemental cohesion in their viciousness. We are told that in

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