Lord Of The Flies Passage Analysis

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Every living person on the planet earth has the potential to do great things everyday. But when you become stranded and there is not a soul to keep watch over you, the potential for great can quickly become a potential for evil. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, chaos and mischief overcome young boys when they get stuck on an unknown and uninhabited island. The boys show in this novel how when law and order becomes illusive, killing becomes a necessity and fear is driving you, the beast within becomes prominent. Too much freedom can cause the mind to think amorally, that’s why laws and government keep society today in tact. However, when law and order becomes illusive, the beast within can easily be unveiled. In the book, Jack’s mind is overrun with thoughts of violence and killing which shows how strong one's inner beast can be. On page 70, it shows how corrupt Jack’s thoughts are when it stated that “His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will on it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.” In this passage from the book, Jack shows how when there is no laws or a type of government, your mind is free to wander into…show more content…
In chapter eight, the beast inside of Simon’s mind is brought out when he discovers the sow’s head on the stick. Once he laid his eyes on it, the pig's head began to speak and torment him by saying, “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I am the beast.” (Pg. 143) This shows how Simon’s mind is overcome by the beast within and his healthy fear of the beast causes his hallucinations and show he is frightened and mentally driven by the beast. Fear is a key factor as to how the beast within is brought out, but when killing becomes a necessity in survival, especially to young boys, it becomes as great as a factor as

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