How Does The Novel Depict Human Nature? Essay

1148 Words Apr 9th, 2015 5 Pages
How does the novel depict human nature? Does Golding believe we are set up for peace and cooperation or for savagery? Explain whether or not you agree with his depiction. The novel shows how even though you start out in a place where everything is civilized and in order, if the order is not continuously enforced then there is no more reason to continue to go by the rules. That’s when human nature quickly kicks in and everything turns into savagery, where you create your own rules and naturally want to be superior to all others. Golding believes if we are not continuously reminded of what’s right, even the best of us can quickly drift away into savagery and I agree because it’s human nature to want to be in control and have everyone look at you as a superior and a symbol of great power. What major symbols are repeated throughout the work? What is significant about these symbols? Which symbol did you find to be the most important? Why? The conch shell is a powerful symbol of civilization and order in the novel, it governs the boys’ meetings and the person who holds the shell has the right to speak. As their civilization descends into savagery, the conch shell loses its power and influence among them. Piggy’s glasses are a symbol of intelligence, also it is symbolizes hope because without there would be no fire which means…

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