Hobbes Lord Of The Flies Comparison Essay

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Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are two philosophers with similar ideas yet different messages. Hobbes’ ideas about how man will naturally fall into war and the different stage war possesses, is thoroughly expressed in the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding. In his philosophy, Hobbes writes about the struggle between two people who want the same thing and the lack of morals in war, two points that are readily stressed in the book. While Locke argues many reputable points the tone and message of his philosophy does not correlate to the book. While both philosophies contain ideas about the Native State of Mankind that are expressed in “Lord of the Flies”, Hobbes philosophy better demonstrates and corresponds to the book. When electing a chief on the island, almost immediately there is a struggle for power, but as Hobbes writes and the book demonstrates if two people want the same thing they will fight and become enemies. In the instance of the book it is the glasses, which Jack and Ralph “desire”. Due to their ability to create fire, the glasses symbolize a number of things, most relevantly power. Ralph wants power so that he can get…show more content…
Ralph is defenseless; he is alone, hungry and “[he] only wanted to keep up a fire”(Golding, 189). Despite Ralph being in such a vulnerable position and him being innocent Jack is going on a man hunt for Ralph and when he kills him, Roger plans to put Ralph’s severed head on a stick for all to see. The lack of morality shown by these actions is evident. Jack and his army show no mercy, empathy, dignity or sanity “they [are] savages” (Golding 185). This is because in war “the notions of right and wrong, justice and injustice, have no place”(Hobbes). In Hobbes philosophy and in the book war is the form of society that is created to meet the needs of enemies who want the same thing and the war that is created does not contain

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