Cruelty In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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According to dictionary.com when the word savage is used a noun the definition depicts “a fierce, a brutal, or a cruel person”. The unit Lord of the Flies suggests that humans are naturally evil demonstrated by their cruel actions towards others and destructive behavior. Multiple sources identify that humans are naturally cruel because of their tendency to lash out towards weaker or subordinate beings around them. Another finding about humans is that embedded deep in their identity is their main trait of destructive behavior by trying to show superiority over others or by tearing things down for their own personal gain. The huge controversy is that humans are naturally angelic and kind hearted however this isn’t true seeing as how the about…show more content…
In the novel the Lord of the Flies, William Golding captures the real image of human cruelty in their violent behaviors. The most prominent piece of cruelty is when the boys viciously attack Simon mistaking him as the beast; killing him with no mercy. After going to look for the beast on the island Simon returns back to the beach crawling on his hands and knees deliriously into a group of Jack’s clan. When the boys start attacking simon aka their godly figure they start chanting “‘Kill the Beast! Cut His throat! Spill His blood! Do Him in!’ The sticks fell and the mouth of the new circle crunched and screamed. The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face.” (152 Golding) The definition of violence is the behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something. The boys in the circle were clearly trying the kill the beast and hurt it because that is what they were chanting multiple times. Another part of the definition that the boys took a part in is physical force; they beat simon to death. Another fact that ensure this an act of violence is that during the occurrence simon crawls onto his knees into a praying position, begging for mercy. “The potential to be cruel, to take advantage of situations, to abuse power, is lodged deep within the
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