Goodness Is Something Chosen In Lord Of The Flies

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3. Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man. -Anthony Burgess In the Lord of the Flies, the young boys are set free from the regulations set by the adults in their lives while on the island. They have no one to tell them what to do or how to act, so it is up to them to decide. Goodness is something chosen. Following Jack’s lead, the boys do not choose goodness, instead they get caught up in the “fun” of hunting and murder. They bring out the monsters inside of them and forget their way of living. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man. The boys are transformed into savages when they do not choose goodness over evil. Choir boys are no longer recognizable, and the kind nature of the young school boys is lost. Once turned savages the boys no longer feel the need for goodness and find their joy in the sport of hunting. They are no longer boys, but the animals they hunt. 22. There is only one…show more content…
When the boys reach the island both ralph and Piggy attempt desperately to maintain order and keep everything as it would be if an adult were present. On the other hand the rest of the children cared about nothing more than the ideas of freedom and fun. Jack and his hunters disobey every order given by their elected chief Ralph and put their efforts to get rescued in vain. After having enough of the guidelines set by Ralph most of the children decide to leave the original group and for a tribe where “fun” was allowed. The boys become savages and the laws and rules become things of the past. If all the children were back in Britain they would never imagine committing the crime of murder, or that painting their faces and ululating as means of communication. It just wouldn’t be right, it wasn’t normal. Everything changed though when they reached the island, it was war, rules were not important, winning was all that was on their
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