Human Behavior In William Golding's The Lord Of The Flies

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The natural way of humans has long been debated by several philosophers. One may agree with Hobbes’ perspective, all humans are naturally evil, creating chaos and disorder; or one may side with Locke’s perspective that all humans are naturally good, kind creatures. Still others do not side with either philosopher, believing that instead, humans actions result of their environment. This has fueled the debate about where human behavior derives from: the biology or the environment. 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. To begin, their decisions are based off of their biology because they are more likely to make less thought through decisions due to how young they are, and how their prefrontal cortexes are underdeveloped. When one is younger, the prefrontal cortex is
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