Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

1236 Words Oct 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Inside each of us there is good and evil, and normally the evil lays dormant. However, in survival situations, this evil can take over. In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, the evil inside each boy is awakened. The novel begins with boys from England, ages six through twelve, dropped on a remote island without civilization, causing the group of boys to fend for themselves for months without adult supervision. As time goes on, the boys become more animalistic, causing their dormant evil to come alive. The boys start by doing small acts of evil, such as cursing or knocking over sand castles. As time on the island grows, evil takes over and they begin to kill one another. Sigmund Freud classified the inner urges into id as animalistic personality, ego, the balance of right and wrong, and the superego, always doing the right thing and never hurting others feelings. Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding used children to show the decivilization of people. People will lose their moral compass and succumb to their id when put under pressure. In Lord of the Flies, there is one clear leader who’s evil comes out first: Jack Merridew. Jack wanted to be the leader of the island from the start, but lost the election to another boy named Ralph. Even though Jack was not elected, he was already leading a group of boys and was a strict leader, not allowing the boys take off their heavy jackets in one hundred degree weather. Also, when one of the boys passed out…

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