Essay about Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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In what ways do the scenes where Jack leads his savage dance and when they all killed Simon, thinking he was the beast, express Freud 's ideas of contagion and credulity? Throughout the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, we can see a portrayal of contagion, credulity and chaos amongst these boys as they struggle for power over the others. Jack, the antagonist, did and said what he could to achieve his goal of leading his own “tribe” under manipulation. Once Jack took control of his puppets, the puppeteer began to work in unison towards his goal of survival. How does Jack’s campaign towards control over his followers collide with the goals and morals of the protagonist: Ralph, and his companion Piggy? Under the leadership of a single person, many individuals may submit to their orders, help achieve the group’s goals, becoming a unison. Freud explains this concept by saying that “In a group every sentiment and act is contagious.” (Freud). When an individual becomes part of a group, their personal goals tend to diminish as they merge with the mutual goals of the group. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, we can see an example of this submission from Ralph, “I bet if I blew the conch this minute, they’d come running. Then we’d be, you know, very solemn, and someone would say we ought to build a jet, or a submarine, or a TV set. When the meeting was over they’d work for five minutes, then wander off or go hunting.” (Golding pg. 70). Golding describes the subtle…

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