Human Nature and Outside Influence in "Lord of the Flies" Analytical Essay by Abbie

Human Nature and Outside Influence in "Lord of the Flies"
An analysis of the impact of human nature and outside influence on the protagonists of William Golding's classic, "Lord of the Flies".
# 153635 | 940 words | 0 sources | 2013 | US
Published on Aug 01, 2013 in Literature (English) , Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Child and Adolescent)

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The paper examines the theme of human nature in William Golding's classic, "Lord of the Flies", and discusses how originally the young group manages to maintain civil values, however, as the plot develops, the boys are exposed to the concept of fear and begin to fall into mental and social barbarism. The paper describes how the group of orderly, neat school boys becomes a tribe of unruly, savage beings, and highlights Golding's message that a person's nature is the product of outside influences.

From the Paper:

"Upon arrival at the island, the boys possessed a composed and civil disposition but this does not last. The children were initially aware of the importance of rules in society and established a functioning community. With the creation of their civilization came the induction of a leader, rules to abide by, and a designated job for each member. As Jack explains to the boys at one of the island's earlier meetings, "'We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English and the English are best at everything. So we've got to do the right things'" (Golding 42). Jack's optimistic perspective is shared by all the children in the novel's developing stages. The original temperament and attitude of the group symbolically suggests that we all begin as pure individuals. By stating the boys are not savage early on, Jack reveals the inhumane actions of the bays that occur later in the novel are the result of events they have not yet been exposed to. As the period of time where the children are stranded grows, they begin to conjure new thoughts on what is and is not socially expectable for the tribe."

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