The Negative Effects Of Power In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Sheltered by those who hold it and coveted by those who lack it, since the dawn of civilization, power, or the ability to influence and control others’ behavior, has played a central role in human societies. The notion that one could have power over another was a major factor in the development of many organized civilizations, as having order and direction to society necessitated that someone, or a group of people, held power over everyone else. The idea of power, however, also led the creation of classes and hierarchies of people, which have for thousands of years been used to justify practices such as slavery and oppression. While power can be used for the benefit of society and the individual, too often is it abused and used solely for the benefit of those who hold it, usually to the harm of those who don’t. The book, “Lord of the Flies,” in part explores how power is gained through the use of fear and manipulation, and the negative effects that occur when one gains and uses power without repercussions. An empirical example of the negative effects of power is given by the Stanford Prison Experiment, which demonstrates how having power over another can easily lead to immoral actions even by normally moral people. Overall, power is most often a negative influence on society when not properly restricted. The book, “Lord of the Flies,” by William Golding gives one example of how power is often a negative influence on society. One way it demonstrates this is through a
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