Identity In Lord Of The Flies

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The 1954 novel Lord of the Flies encompasses the aftermath of World War 2 and draws heavy parallels to a post-World War 2. Written by Robert Golding, the novel is set on a dystopian island and illustrates that with the absence societal responsibilities, civilization degrades into fear and chaos by Jack’s dictatorial reign over the island. His rise to power originates through his evident denial of taking on his societal responsibilities. Naturally, human nature objectifies the strong and turns to them for guidance, Jack manipulates the others into sacrificing their freedom and sense of identity with his appeal to their needs of food and security. In turn, savagery and chaos ensue as everyone begins to blindly follow and conform to his ideologies. …show more content…
He is the first to give into the idea of the beast and his uncertainty spreads through their society during his account of how the beast “comes out of the sea.”(94) This leads to many kids including biguns like Simon to consider the possibility of a beast. Irrational fear is one of the most common types of fear that are common with children, whether it's the dark or the mysterious swing of a tree branch, many look to parents as safety. With all parents absent from the island, their society looked towards their leaders for comfort. Jack takes this opportunity to present a solution to the boys problems. He convinces to boys to “join [his] tribe… [he] gave [them] food and [his] hunters will protect [them] from the beast.”(166) He manipulates the boys with fear and uncertainty. As well as presenting himself as a person the boys can follow into the battle. He provides an alternative to Ralph who denies the existence of the fear that the littluns face. He used his reputation as the leader of the hunters to further his claim to hunt the beast at the cost of the boys to aligns themselves as hunters. Their society in turn accepts Jack as the savior and answer to their problems. Fear is one of the most power human emotions and if allowed control, it can lead to irrational actions to regain the sense of safety. Thus furthering the rise of …show more content…
Jack’s rise to power draws parallels with modern day figures such as Donald Trump, who rally people by giving them the promise of security at the cost of their own personal freedom. Furthermore, Lord of The Flies illustrates the idea that when societal responsibilities are abandoned, humans naturally turn to savagery. Through the novel, savagery can be seen slowly engulfing the boys with anger and lust for blood with Jack as the example. Not only does chaos ensue, but also does the loss of identity within the boys

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