The society has chosen to sacrifice “high art” for stability instead of allowing true happiness (226). Lastly, Mond tells John that the journey to universal happiness “...[is] never grand,” and the y encountered many struggles along the way (227). He also states that their journey to freedom wasn’t nearly as triumphant as other communities. Today, humans are trained to be selfish in nature and tend to subconsciously be self oriented.
The realistic fiction novel the Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, brings up this debate as it follows young British schoolboys who crashed onto an island. The boys then have to figure out how to survive on their own, forming their own leadership and organization; to accomplish their small society they make many decisions, some good, many bad. The question then remains, where do the decisions of the boys come from? The behavior of the boys on the island stems from their biology, their brains, as all other humans are. The decisions the boys from the novel The Lord of the Flies make are based on their brain because their prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped, they are more susceptible to peer pressure, and their personalities influence decisions.
While exploring an unknown island and striving to survive, a group of adolescent boys reveal their primitive, barbarous identities in William Golding’s work, Lord of the Flies. Similarly, Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African American poet, describes the hidden nature of individuals in order to protect themselves and conceal their pain. Golding’s novel and Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear the Mask,” both express masks as ways for individuals to escape reality and as a source of strength; however, the characters in Dunbar’s poem are restricted by the pressures of society while the boys in Lord of the Flies unleash true feelings through their innate savageness. In Lord of the Flies, the newfound freedom on the deserted island and liberation from authority allows the adolescents to completely change their attitudes and live a new life altogether. Through a change in appearance, Jack, a prominent figure in the novel, enters a new fantasy-like world that he could never dream of while in his hometown.
“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.” -Lord of the Flies, p. 68 Throughout human history, there is no clear winner between human instinct and civilization. Human instinct is most obvious when you have an immense amount of cruelty in your character. Civilization is the advanced stage and social development of the society which acts as a opposition to human instinct. In the psychological novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, it is demonstrated that in the conflict for power between savagery and civilization there is no winner. This is verified through Ralph’s initiative to bring order and peace to the island, Jack’s actions against rational thoughts, and finally, the group’s decisions made while free from the rules of adult society.
Evil because of power, pride and Fear. Buddha once said, “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him into evil ways.” In the book “Lord Of The Flies” by William Golding, the characters are British boys whose plane has been shot down and they land on an island. As they time goes by the group experiences changes in mental state and values and they go from civilized to savages. The boys perform actions that they may deem as necessary for survival but the way the actions occur show the evil and savagery. The evil within humans energies when one fears to accept their actions, has desire for power and pride People will do anything to experience the feeling of power, even things that are inhumane.
“Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding, 1954 In William Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies” from 1954, a group of British boys attempt to govern themselves on the island they have stranded on. But throughout the novel, the 6 to 13 year old boys turn more and more to savagery, and end up fighting each other. Even though they are kids and therefore innocent, they still do the most unforgivable thing our late modern society knows of. They murder. Through the allegorical characters, William Golding pictures different ways of running a society, and how good intentions can turn into disasters.
“Human nature is not black and white but black and grey,” quote by Graham Greene. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding punished in 1954. The boys are stuck in an island where they experience their true nature. Leading a controlled proper nature civilized society leading to its downfall of savagery and terror. Leaving fear to rule until a savior(adults) comes.
In the book Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer depicts a teenager named Christopher McCandless, who is unsatisfied with the values emphasized by our currently materialistic society. Although many of us today may evaluate his behavior as eccentric and absurd, we must not hastily make judgements about his behavior with our conventional way reasoning. To dive deeply into Christopher’s cognitive process we can analyze a letter written by him to Ronald Franz. In this letter Christopher’s values are laid bare for us to see. Unlike many who enjoy the securities of conventional society, Christopher is a person who enjoys living on the edge and despises reactionary and complacent thinking, and he is shown to highly emphasizes the importance of adventure,
Written by William Golding, Golding brings Lord of the Flies where a band of young British boys are stuck at an island and soon see the dark side of them and transforms them into savages. As savergey takes over, the children’s thinking begin to change as their fate of being rescued begins to dwindle. Golding is able to display the power of rules and impulses towards savagery, and how civilization can be discarded. With the kids having their parents away becoming used to a civilization that doesn’t enforced rules makes their natural instincts comes alive. The reader can see that savagery and civilization are two strong forces that integrated into the Lord of the Flies.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an explanation of the tendencies of human nature. Likewise, Khalil Gibran’s poem GOOD and EVIL puts forth a very similar message, of the power struggle between GOOD and EVIL within ourselves. Evil is the more tempting of the 2 powers. But, the human race has evolved over thousands of years to become tenacious, to fight for survival. To hold a metaphorical light in a dark, unpropitious situation.