Society In Lord Of The Flies Research Paper

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James Wang English 2 Advanced, per. 1 Hollison 31 October 2015 Innate Evil Nature of Society In the novel Lord of the Flies, author William Golding provides incisive insight to human behavior through allegorizing a microcosm that lacks an authoritative figure. On a deserted island filled with British schoolboys, the boys attempt to recreate the society they left behind after escaping a world war through establishing authority by electing a leader, Ralph. However, the antagonist, Jack, naturally wants power through an undignified manner and slowly allures the other boys to join his clan, where they are devolved into savages. The deterioration of the boys’ mentalities emulates Hobbes’s Enlightenment ideas that man is born cruel and selfish, and needs an absolute monarch. This conceptualizes Golding’s views that humans are inherently evil, which manifests the formation of a fragile society because the innate evil of mankind blockades themselves from creating a principled society, depicted through the barbaric characterization of the boys. On the island, the boys are first successful at establishing an organized authority…show more content…
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