Nature Vs. Nurture In The Lord Of The Flies

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Nature Vs. Nurture
If a child hits another child, because he got his toy stolen, is it because of the way that the child was raised? Or is it simply because they are children? Well, that is where the debate ‘Nature Vs. Nurture’ comes into play. The way the child was raised is the ‘Nurture’ part of the debate, and the, “... because they are children,” part is the ‘ Nature’ part of the debate. A parent can not raise a child to be perfect. If a child is taught that hitting is bad, that does not guarantee that the child is not going to do it. Everyone has the tendency to do “evil” whether people think they do or not, because that is just part of human nature, it is who we are. There are many things in literature, and in real life situations that
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Nurture’ debate. The book is a fictional story about a group of English boys who crash land on an island, and try to start a new civilization in which they elect a leader of the group. Although this worked in the beginning, after a short time civilization and peace began to fall quickly. There are many examples in the book that show the slow fall of civilization, and the transition into savagery in the boys. For example, there is a quote in the book, “There was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life,” (Chapter 4, 57). This quote shows the slow deterioration of civilization. Although he is not throwing the rocks directly at him, he is throwing the rocks near him, and his subconscious (nature) is telling him to hit Henry with the rocks. There are other important quotes from the book, such as when Simon says, “maybe there is a beast... maybe it’s only us,” (Chapter 5, 82) and when Jack was attacking Robert and all the boys were chanting, “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” (Chapter 7, 106). Both of these quotes show the boys slowly turning into savages. The boys were not raised to act like this. The nature of being young boys overcame the things they were taught to be wrong, and in doing so, they went against …show more content…
Nurture debate. Locke, Hobbes, and The Lord of the Flies all provide evidence that nature has a larger impact on human behavior, and that every human has the ability to do evil. Locke says that the only thing that ever stops man from getting what he wants is his sense of reason. Hobbes says that if two men desire the same thing, they will become enemies. Both of these things are true, and they can both be seen in real life situations - such as the Stanford prison experiment - and in literature - such as The Lord of the Flies. The Stanford prison experiment shows that after awhile, people start to forget what is right and wrong, and they begin to take things too far when playing roles that are assigned to them. Closely related, the boys in The Lord of the Flies slowly begin to lose all sense of right and wrong, and slowly become savages, and even begin killing other human beings. All of these things prove that all people do, in fact, have the potential to do

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