The book follows a group of boys who are stranded on an uninhabited island and left to fend for themselves. As time passes, the boys become more savage and violent, eventually turning on each other in a battle for power. This theme is further explored through the character of Jack, who becomes increasingly authoritarian and manipulative, ultimately leading to the death of several of his peers. The novel suggests that without the constraints of society, humans are prone to violence and destruction.
The boys no longer had adults in their lives, and because of this void, they had to become responsible. They attempted to create rules, shelters, and a way off the island. They attempted to provide for one another, and eventually began to act a little like adults. “…The ground was hardened by an accustomed tread and as Jack rose to his full height he heard something moving on it.
Rabindranath Tagore said, “No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated.” Society shapes and influences people very well, from news to even personal beliefs. It can be done through media, rumors or just information that has been fed to people. Society influenced Victoria and Ruby as victims to be accusers and even shaped a fictional character, Mayella, to be both a victim and an accuser as well. Mayella Ewell, from To Kill a Mockingbird, and Ruby Bates were both victims of society, which they were rejected by when they wanted to be accepted.
Jack’s influence among the boys has been gradually growing, and calling his own meeting grants him with more immediate power than he has ever had before. Jack instantly abuses this power by unjustly criticizing Ralph and challenging his authority, demonstrating that no one on the island can hold a position of power without quickly abusing it. Shortly after, Jack forms his own band of hunters, giving him even more power to toy around with, and it doesn’t take long for him to begin to abuse it. For what appears to be no reason, Jack decides that he’s “Going to beat Wilfred…. He got angry and made [the other boys] tie Wilfred up.”
With this intention in mind, an individual wouldn’t change society because it is built around the individuals. Thus, individuals can not change their society because they don’t have power in numbers, they will be condemned by society if they try, and they shouldn’t need to change society if it is built to represent. An individual can not change society because he/she faces the
First of all, what is a ‘society’? A society is a group of people who interact with each other in different ways and live in the same territory. In general, society has changed a lot. The people changed compared to how it was in the book. Of course one can still find racism and judgment in some countries but it has decreased from before.
Edmund Burke once stated, "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." As long as society exists the concept of good and evil will always be a central conflict. However, it is dangerous to simply believe that some people are innately good or bad. When talking about good and evil, good is the idea that people have the ability to empathize with other people, to feel compassion for them, and to put other people 's needs before their owns. In contrast, evil takes over when a good person is no longer able to empathize or care about another human being.
The island boys lose civilization and are overthrown with barbaric behaviours just as quickly as their clean face become dirty and degrading. At the start, the boys came to the island knowing what was acceptable and what was not. They lived civilized. As the time spent on the island increased, the boys loose sense of their morals. It is easy for people who do not recognize themselves to do things they normally would not, and this is especially true when referring to the boys on the island.
The society is naturally pleasant. People in our society know right from wrong although they do not always convey that they know what is right and what is wrong. The decisions the society makes reflects whether they are good or evil deep down inside. According to John Locke, humans “are capable of knowing what is lawful and unlawful well enough to resolve conflicts. In particular, and most importantly, they are capable of telling the difference between what is theirs and what belongs to someone else.
Someone who advocated for this was Jean Jacques Rousseau who believed that man is influenced by outside forces but initially born good. To prove his point, Rousseau talks about human nature before society corrupts them in his book Emilius and Sophia when he says, “In a state of society, if man is left… to his own notions and conduct, he would certainly turn out the most preposterous of human beings. The influence of prejudice, authority… would stifle nature in him…”. Rousseau is implying that if a man is given up in society, man would be the most obscure of human beings because through the prejudice and injustices of society, the human nature of man would stop and he would change through the corruption of society. In addition, Rousseau talks about the corruption of growing up he states in The Socially Contract, “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
Society as a whole is something you make of it. If one wants to denounce the society they live in because it is “phony” that is because they’ve made the world around them phony. The character of Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye is a prime example of someone being stuck in the idea that society is unchanging. Society is just how a person perceives the world in front of them. The eye of the beholder is the one that creates the society of their choice.
Firstly, man is born evil because society shows him to be evil. An example of this is how parents must raise their child to be good. A parent never has to raise their child to do bad things. A young child might draw on the wall and believe that it is art, however the parent will stop the child and tell them that drawing on the wall is a bad thing to do.
Human nature is naturally good but, it tends to shrink due to the type of experiences one has been through and can become replaced with bad. I don’t think that makes people naturally evil. For example, the Infant Cognition Center at Yale University conducted an experiment to test whether or not babies show a