Corruption In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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“... man produces evil as a bee produces honey…” (Golding, 1958) William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, believed that man was inherently vile and corrupted. Furthermore, to prove his point, he wrote his novel as a response to Coral Island. Golding writes how he believes that the beast is not a physical (outside) factor but a mental (inside) problem. The idea of mankind being corrupt can be seen through the “what” and the “why”. Through the understanding of these concepts, we are also able to understand the need for tougher laws, along with a solid and secure authority. A factor of man’s corruption can be viewed by asking the question of “What made them so corrupt?” Philip Zimardo states, “What is responsible? Because the what could be the who of the people but it could also be what of the…show more content…
In the TED talk: The Psychology of Evil, Philip Zimardo talks about an, " ... investigative report by General Fay, says the system is guilty ... (and the) environment created by Abu Gharib, by leadership failures that contributed to the occurrence of such abuse..." This quote by a General, states that the injustices, committed at the Abu Gharib prison, was created through the lack of leadership. In addition, if there was a superior officer present, these acts may not have been committed at all. Another example that shows the requirement for a stalwart code of law can be seen in Lord of the Flies. Ralph tries to uphold his law of speaking in turn but it is merely forgotten. "Jack stood up, scowling in the loom, and held out his hands. 'I haven't finished yet.' 'But you've talked and talked' 'I've got the conch.'" (pg. 81 - 82) From this quote, it explains to us how one of Ralph's loosely executed rules, are simply treated like nothing. We can see how Ralph tries to carry out his rule but Jack seems to think it doesn't apply to
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