Essay about The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Human nature can be portrayed in different ways. All through the novel The Lord of the Flies, William Golding depicts human nature as wanting to be ruled over, regardless of darkness or lightness, in an unstable environment such as the boys faced stranded on the island. Golding achieves this through the characterization of Jack’s and his run at leadership. The boys accept Jack as head of the hunters because the boys need a leader even if he didn’t have leadership qualities. Jack’s fascist leadership based on the obsession of only killing the beast was the point where it proved that they would follow their leader, good or bad. The boys followed Ralph, not for his better leadership qualities but rather because they need someone that represented a leader to follow and he fit that mold.
Even though Jack is not the most suitable leader, the boys don’t argue his role as one of the leaders. While in the first gathering of all the boys, the younger boys bring up the possibility of a beast. Jack tries to comfort the kids by saying, “‘There isn’t a snake-thing. But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it. We’re going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody. And we’ll look for the snake too.’” (Golding 36). The little boys kept on insisting that there is some type of beast on the island that will potentially hurt them. As the newly appointed chief, Jack takes this opportunity to show his good leadership abilities. He ensures that there isn’t a beast, however they will treat it as…

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