Lord of the flies human nature

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The Revolt of Human Nature

Human nature can find its way through people as young as school age. In The Lord Of the Flies by

William Golding, a group of school age boys are stranded on an island and have to fend for themselves. After time each child shows his feelings in very severe ways. Ralph, Jack and Piggy all have very different characteristics and ideas and try to express them constantly. Some, although, take much more extreme actions to prove their point.

Ralph shows early that he is a leader and takes on this priority through much of the book. After awhile human nature comes into play. He shows his leadership in the opening scene when he blows the conch to summon other boys on the island. "He (Ralph) laid the conch against his lips, took a deep breath and blew once more." (Pg 17). With this he intended to make contact with other boys on the island and this he accomplished.

After everyone was acquainted Ralph made rules and the children voted him as leader. Jack was Ralph's rival, he wanted more power. Ralph gave him the job of fire and hunting. After awhile Jack got out of hand and killed Piggy and acted as though it was an accident. After Piggy's death Ralph is left alone to fend for himself. In trying to save himself he begins to turn savage too. Ralph's reasons for becoming barbarous were different than Jack and the hunters, but there is really no difference. In life if a group becomes heathenish they are likely to become equal to them for fear of being outcast. If your circle of friends turns on you then you are also prone to take measures to protect yourself. This is a perfect example of human nature.


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