Social Psychology In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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It 's the year 1951, Solomon Asch and his students begin their social psychology experiments that today would be considered the basis of social psychology. Subjects of his experiments demonstrated proof that their thoughts and opinions on a particular topic or question could be heavily influenced and altered by the peer pressure of a majority group. Questions would be asked to a group of 7-8 college aged students to study their answers, the catch was that these questions would be almost impossible to get wrong, especially for college students, but a control group of all but one of these students (the subject) would purposely get their answer wrong in an attempt to influence the subject’s answer. The results were shocking,
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When the boys first crashed on the island they chose a rational and charismatic boy named Ralph to be their leader. Ralph understood the importance of survival helping the boys through tasks such as building shelters and fires. When writing “Lord of The Flies”, William Golding used quite a bit of social psychology to make the book more realistic and interesting to read. Perhaps one of the first times William Golding uses social psychology in “Lord of The Flies” is during chapter three Huts On The Beach. During this chapter the boys experience a social phenomena called conformity. Although Golding wrote “Lord of The Flies” before any significant scientific discoveries were made concerning the social psychology present in his book, he did manage to accurately illustrate some of the more “hidden” features of human nature. When conformity was first extensively studied by Solomon Asch in 1951 the data that was collected from his experiments was shown to have matched up with Golding’s “Lord of The Flies”. In chapter three Huts On The Beach, Ralph tried to get the boys to pitch in to build shelters. This should have been a fairly easy task, especially for the older boys, but the younger boys simply couldn 't be bothered with such “boring” tasks, and they went off to play. While it is normal for younger boys to not want to participate in tedious tasks, most of the older boys started going off and playing too, despite Ralph 's efforts to make them help out. “They’re hopeless. The older ones aren 't much better. D’you see? All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else. They’re off bathing, or eating, or playing” (Golding 50). For the most part the older boys understood the importance of survival, they elected a good leader that would help them survive, they built a democracy, but they too

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