Lord Of The Flies: How Human Nature Shapes Society

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How Human Nature Shapes Society Humans are defective, that causes the society's that they create to be defective as well. Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel that addresses the defects of human nature, it was written in 1953 by William Golding, the book examines how humans are their own worst enemies. In Lord of the Flies a group of boys are stranded on an island, and they struggle to build a community despite the fear and violence that is eating away at them. The overall theme in Lord of the Flies is the inherent evil of humanity and how disorder and fear bring out the evil within one, and cause it to take over society. William Golding conveys the inherent evil of humanity through the boys in Lord of the Flies, he shows that eventually…show more content…
In the book Golding argues that human violence is inherent and when there are no rules the violence within one is brought out. Violence corrupts society because irrational decisions are being made out of anger and fear. At first, in the novel, rules are put in place and there is some order to the way the boys do things, they have a leader. Eventually the fear in everyone comes out and creates a culture of violence. An specific example of violence corrupting society is when the boys become hunters end up killing Simon because they want to think he is the beast. They are all dancing and chanting, "'Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!'”(152). At this point in the book the inherent violence that has been building up through the whole story because of anger and fear takes over and they kill Simon. This shows how humans are inherently violent and without rules in place violence creates a society so defective that it drives people to kill their friends. Another example of violence creating a dysfunctional society in Lord of the Flies is when Jack and the hunters let the fire out to go kill their first pig. “I cut the pig’s throat,” said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it. “Can I borrow yours, Ralph, to make a nick in the hilt?” The boys chattered and danced. The twins continued to
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