Characterization To Develop Theme In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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The Use of Characterization to Develop Theme in Golding’s Lord of the Flies Without society, the organized and civil nature of humans falls apart and leads most people to a more primal and savage way of acting. After this primal nature of humans takes over, humans become driven by the id as opposed to the superego. This lack of empathy allows people to commit horrific acts. An example of this is shown in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, when he theorizes what would happen when a group of people are abruptly removed from the strict order of society. Golding’s novel takes place on a deserted island after a plane crash strands a group of young english boys without any adult supervision. Originally, they set up an organized society, with Ralph elected democratically. However, slowly, this democracy falls apart and a new tribe is formed, led by a ruthless leader named Jack. To gain power, Jack spreads fear throughout the boys and then offers them safety and strength which is very appealing to most of the kids, especially the younger ones. This group commits all sorts of horrid acts, eventually leading to murder of two boys. Golding uses characterization to show that when removed from the order of society, it is only a matter of time before humans show their true nature which is oftentimes primitive and driven by fear. The first time the boys see each other, they decide to set up a tribe with an elected leader. Ralph wins this vote so he becomes the leader however,

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