Humans’ true nature, savagery and violence, flourishes within themselves if they grow up without guidance from their parents and peers. For instance, after the First World War, orphans in Russia “roamed the country attacking and killing out of sheer cruelty… left to themselves, these children found a kind of elemental cohesion in their viciousness” (Golding, “Why Boys Become Vicious”). These children become violent and cruel due to the fact that their parents and guardians is not around to nurture them and teach them what is right and what is wrong. With the absence of guidance, the children’s morality is not able to suppress their viciousness and violence in their nature. In addition, an individual’s peers can have a great impact the person’s nature as well.
“Lord of the Flies”, written in 1954 by William Golding, is an allegory of real life events that were happening at the time. The fictional book is set during WWIII, when a plane with a bunch of boys crashes on an island. With no adults left alive, they are forced to fend for themselves; to find a way to survive without falling into the shadow of savagery. The novel ends in a war between the “savage” boys and Ralph, the only surviving civilized boy. William Golding’s depiction of the true evil in this world is conveyed to the reader through the idea of savagery and war.
These days’ children are causing more harm than good in their communities, and it isn’t their fault. In the Time Magazine article, “Children without Pity” by Nancy Traver, Traver provides examples of corrupted children performing acts that healthy kids wouldn’t do. Their misguided past has affected their present causing them to react in violent behavior. For this reason, I believe that children should not be tried as adults. Kids have only seen and grown up around violence, so violence is what they result to.
Without any past influences, they do not know of anything bad or what the word bad even means. This would refrain a person from having any negative thoughts or performing any wrong actions, which shows that there has to be some sort of spark to trigger the start of evil behavior. There is no past evidence given in the novel on how the boys lives were before they arrived on the island. Because of the lack the knowledge of this, there is no proof that the way they acted was instinct and not
Buddha once said that “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” Lord of the Flies explores this idea of the nature of mankind as the reader learns about the experience of a group of boys deserted on an uninhabited island who must take it upon themselves to survive. As the novel progresses the reader sees the boys navigate the responsibilities of maintaining a civilization, a struggle for power, and how fear will drive the boys to go as far as murder. Golding develops one of the major themes of this novel in chapter nine when as a storm is brewing Simon climbs up the mountain to investigate the beast which the boys claimed they saw. Upon realizing that it is only a dead parachutist, he crawls down the mountain to where the boys are having a party and chanting in a circle. A littlun spots Simon and thinking it is the beast cries out scaring the other boys who kill Simon.
Even the sweetest and most civilized of them, even those whose parents read the better class of literary magazines, will feel rage” (Jones 66). Youngsters who spent a huge piece of their pleasure time viewing vicious motion pictures are well on the way to show aggressive behavior. Moreover, experiences may look typical to a person when they continually observe or experience them. All in all, the article “Violence is Good for Kids” by Gerald Jones is a great extent deceiving piece of composing that ruptures the societal standards and moral living. Utilizing his own experience alone is a show that the conclusion which the writer came to exuded from a base of knowledge deficiency.
William Golding’s Use of Rhetorical Strategies to Illustrate Society in “Lord of the Flies” Written in the 1950’s by William Golding, Lord of the Flies is a novel that follows a group of young boys,stranded on an island with no contact to an adult world. Throughout the novel Golding elicits how savage humans can be when there is no authority controlling them, and Golding’s use of thematic vocabulary conveys how power and corruption can lead to a dismantling of order. As a result, this disruption in society causes people to reveal their true savage human nature. In Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, William Golding employs repetition, diction and symbolism to convey the theme that civilization has become a shield that conceals humanity 's natural wildness and savagery. The repetition used throughout Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies develops Golding’s theme of how savagery is shrouded within civilization by demonstrating the boy’s slow progression into monsters as they spend more time on the island.
From fear comes malevolence, and from malevolence comes violence. The violence between each other is yet another factor that allows the boys to rule society. Golding vividly displays this savagery in a scene when. “The rock struck Piggy” a “glancing blow from chin to knee[...] [Piggy] traveled through the air sideways from the rock, turning over as he went. [...] Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across that square, red rock in the sea[...] Piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig’s after it has been killed.
Thousands of young ones have grown up with inadequate moral and family guidance. Some experts feel that “Such an environment may result in children not developing the ability to bond well with others, thus making it easier for them to commit crimes against fellow humans, often without remorse.” It seems like crime appears to be a permanent nightmare in American society and around the world, despite the efforts of law enforcement, criminal justice departments, social workers, and many more. Crime and violence are still affecting many American citizens in the United States of America and around the world. Is there really a solution to this problem? If you read your Bible, you will know that it shows that a big change is on the way.