How Does Golding Present The Freudian Theory In Lord Of The Flies

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The Lord of the Flies is book, which was written by William Golding, that essentially depicts the decimation of civilization. The plot of the book centers around a group of boys, 6 in particular that we will be discussing, who find themselves stranded upon a deserted island. The boys, who at first behave like well-raised English boys slowly devolve into animalistic creatures, driven to madness by their own savagery, and desire for meat. And this is exactly what Golding intended his novel to portray, because he himself actually prescribed to a certain, rather pessimistic philosophy. Golding believed that all humankind is naturally evil, and savage by nature; wanting nothing more but brutality and dominance over others. He believed that humans would do whatever it would take to survive, regardless of civility or moral boundaries.…show more content…
Golding also uses the Freudian Structural Model of the Personality to perhaps lay the foundations for his characters. Our 6 main characters: Ralph, Piggy, Simon, Samneric, Jack and Roger each represent one of the three basic structures of the Freudian Model. Ralph and Samneric representing the ego, Simon and Piggy the superego, and Jack and Roger the Id. However each one of these characters is so much more than just a structure, to the point that they actually develop and grow in accordance to the trait they have been proverbially “assigned” throughout the novel. The six main characters of the the Lord of the Flies can be deconstructed and explained by noting how each of the six boys grow and develop in accordance to Golding's general philosophy of the human nature, the Freudian Model and the parts of the human psyche that each of the boys

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